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The Hungrymoose Story

Here at HungryMoose catering, we pride ourselves on creating innovative healthy meal options for children in school and nursery environments. We recognise the incredible job that Early Years professionals and teachers do on a daily basis, and it is the HungryMoose mission to make times not only a fun, safe and delicious for children, but also to support nurseries and schools in reducing workloads for their hardworking practitioners.

At HungryMoose we are lucky enough to not only have a talented and dedicated team of chefs and catering staff to prepare tasty, nutritious meals for children, but also a former nursery manager with over 15 years of nursery experience. This unique team allows us a true insight into what children need and like, as well as the day to day challenges that nurseries and schools face such as managing dietary requirements and children with allergies. We believe that this passion for not only food but also education is what makes us the catering company to fulfil your needs.

At HungryMoose catering we promote healthy living and our team of passionate nursery chefs cook fresh healthy homemade nutritious meals to encourage a balanced healthy diet.

Our ingredients

All of our ingredients are sourced from local suppliers using ethical and sustainable British farm to fork quality assured meats, sustainable MSC fish stocks, free range eggs and fresh seasonal vegetables and fruit. We understand that as childcare providers, parents look to you to provide their precious little ones with only the highest quality meals, so here at HungryMoose we will support your setting in doing exactly that! All our ingredients are inspired by the season which makes it easy to source them fresh and locally. Our experts create both Summer and Winter menus which are offered to you on a three week rotation. HungryMoose provide well balanced nutritious, freshly cooked meals catering for all individual, cultural & dietary needs. At HungryMoose we do not add any sugar or salt to our food. We like let the ingredients speak for themselves, only using a selection of herbs and spices to enhance the natural flavours of the food. We believe that our commitment in offering freshly cooked tasty meals seasoned with spoonfuls of passion and a sprinkling of fun provide children with the fuel they need to tackle each day.

Our Fish

Our fish comes from a UK approved supplier that is totally committed to sustainable sourcing from well managed fisheries.

Our Meat

We buy our meat from sustainable suppliers as locally as possible. Our sausages are produced by a local Kent based supplier, who make them to our own low-salt specification.

Our Dairy

In today's culture of unhealthy fast food, eating wellWe use a range of dairy farms, including one that produces us our own full fat yoghurts with no added sugar.

Managing Allergies

At HungryMoose catering we are aware that children can have allergies which can cause allergic reactions. Staff are trained & made aware of any signs or symptoms of a possible allergic reaction. All of our food goes through rigorous checks before being sent out to the nurseries and schools and is ingredient checked, cooked and labelled by a dedicated allergen chef using seperate equipment and utensils before leaving our kitchen.

HungryMoose make mealtimes safer- but how?

Whilst we at HungryMoose cannot guarantee a completely allergen free environment we will work tirelessly to reduce the risk of exposure with identification ,instruction and information. We keep up to date with the latest advice from food standards agency on food allergy and intolerance awareness. We have a policy when creating our menus not to use nuts in our food prepared on site however we cannot guarantee freedom of nut traces.

Specialist knowledge

Meals for children with allergies will only be packaged by a senior chef with specialist knowledge in food allergens.

Clearly Labelled

All food for a child with an allergy or dietary preferences will come not only labelled with the child’s name but with a full ingredient list. We understand nursery policies better than any other catering company and we know that you are required to meticulously check at every level. Let us make your job easier.

designed around allergens

Our commercial kitchen is designed with food allergies at the forefront of our minds, with plenty of space to prepare and store food for children who have food allergies away from high risk allergens.

Fully trained

We ensure that every member of the HungryMoose team from chefs to delivery drivers are fully trained in allergy management. Early years and Education have never been doing a more important job as the amount of children with allergies rises yearly, let our knowledgeable team of experts take the lead on food safety in your setting.

Label checking

At HungryMoose we are all too aware that suppliers can change their ingredient composition. That is why we re-check labels with every new delivery leaving no room for error.

Special dietary needs

We are dedicated to providing alternative meals for children with special diets which not only match in nutritional value but also in the delicious way they look. We never want a child to feel singled out or different because of the food they are given.

From us to you - piece of cake

HungryMoose meals are freshly prepared daily and delivered to your local nursery or school. All meals are delivered in eco thermal insulated food boxes keeping the meals fresh and hot on arrival any dietary allergen free meals and special diets will be clearly labeled and in separate containers for you peace of mind and convenience. All meals will arrive at a safe hot/holding temperature until ready to serve including data temperature log sheet which will form our HACCP link from central production unit to nursery schools. All food deliveries comply with traceability following environmental health catering transport guidelines.We are located locally and our delivery driver will be trained in food safety level 2 and COVID control enhancing your confidence and objectives are met on meal time deliveries.

Food Hygiene & Safety

We are a privately owned contract catering company based in Laughton, East Sussex. We are a UK approved food business registered with Wealden District Council.

We operate in compliance with The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 and Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 on the Hygiene of Foodstuffs. We have also been approved under EC Regulations 853/2004. Our approval number is EC WE069 UK and we are listed on the Food Standards Agency website. As we are an approved company we only use approved companies for our high-risk products: meat, fish and dairy.

We meet current Food Standards Agency Information Regulation regarding allergens. All our allergen information can be found listed next to each menu in our Nursery Menu Information Packs. Our food is mircobiologically tested by an accredited laboratory every 3 months, as is our water. We also have a minimum £10 million public liability insurance cover.

 

HungryMoose Catering Ltd does not use any nut products and/or nut derivatives in any Goods and provides menus which highlight for each food item/meal which of the 14 allergens covered by The EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC) are present. Suitable alternative meals will be provided on request. However, the Company does not guarantee that any of the products which are provided by its suppliers have not come into contact with nuts, nut derivatives or any other allergens, prior to their supply to the Company, and therefore the Company cannot accept responsibility for any reaction that any person may have to any Goods. The Company accepts no liability and will not be liable for any claim howsoever caused arising from any incident involving any person’s allergy whether it be a nut allergy or otherwise.

Monitoring

Each day we monitor the temperatures of our food during delivery, using sample boxes that contain data logging probes. These download the temperature of the food every five minutes, so we can accurately monitor it up until service. Therefore, in the unlikely event that the food is outside of the legal standard at service, we are able to demonstrate that this period of time will be minimal and has not exceeded a 2-4 hour period.

Monitoring

We ensure the hot food reaches at least 90°c before it is loaded into our Thermoport boxes. This initial temperature and the type of containers/delivery times have been tested to ensure that when the food is delivered to you, it is as hot as possible. The chilled food is delivered below 8°c.

Monitoring

We ask that you probe your main courses following our serving guidelines just before service and record the temperature on the sheets provided. We do not require you to probe the hot side dishes (rice, pasta, potatoes, vegetables, custard, sponge and crumble) as we have undertaken a scientific assessment which shows they are safe to eat if these dishes fall below 63°c for more than 2 hours. All our dishes are made to be eaten at lunchtime on day of delivery and not to be cooled down for reheating or freezing for consumption at a later time or date.

What Our Team Says

We are like one big family and gives us great pleasure supporting dedicated childcare practitioners ,managers & early years children providing bespoke great quality nursery food & service working for this dynamic young ,innovative chef & nursery led practitioners catering company who’s core values are providing vision, forward thinking and fundamental beliefs who strive to practice quality, affordable and nutritional excellence nursery meals.Our leadership team combines a wealth of knowledge and experience offering expertise in the catering and nursery sector.

The team - Hungry Moose

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