Food cooked at home and offered for sale through the tuckshop needs to be consistent with the GREEN and AMBER categories of Smart Choices.
While it is not an encouraged practice to be providing home cooked food in tuckshops there are instances where this may be necessary and safe practices need to be complied with in the preparation and transporting of food items.
The types of foods which might be cooked at home and sometimes provided for sale through the school tuckshop include baked products like cakes, biscuits, slices and muffins, and dishes such as lasagne, stir-fries, fried rice, chilli con carne, savoury mince, and curries.
As food is being prepared at home and not part of a commercial business, it is not an expectation that home cooked food is nutritionally analysed.
To ensure that foods are consistent with Smart Choices schools can:
- provide suggestions to parents/caregivers of the types of products they wish to sell in the tuckshop
- include products that fall into the Green category in the list of suggestions (eg. scones, fruit salad)
- provide recipes, including ideas on modifying recipes to make them healthier (see pages 52 - 53 in the Smart Choices Tool Kit)
- serve home cooked products such as cakes and slices in small serve sizes
- serve home cooked products without adding extras such as jam, cream or ice-cream
- provide information on food safety.