Every school day, nine hundred hot lunches are prepared in the kitchen of the Islamic primary school Muhammadiyah in Solo. “We buy our products fresh every day from regular suppliers. The rice, for example, comes directly from a farmer's cooperative in Boyolali, a region near here. And the children themselves have a say in what's put on the weekly menu – within our offering of healthy meals, of course.”
A proud English teacher, who gives us a tour of the small canteen and kitchen of the private primary school, says: "We work with several breaks, so all students find a place in the canteen, in turns." He shows us the wall with certificates. “We've collected a total of 35, for various achievements, such as a hygienic kitchen, a healthy food selection and a waste-free canteen. We were the first school in Solo that fully met the healthy canteen standards. According to that standard, for example, suppliers need to have a certificate that they deliver safe food. Every three months someone comes to the school to take samples to check the quality of the food in a lab and every six months they check whether food preparation in the kitchen is sufficiently hygienic.”
At the checkout, another teacher proudly tells us that the school accepts e-money. "It's faster and allows us to check that children don't spend more than the 15,000 Rupiah (EUR 0.95 ed) that parents pay per day for their children's lunch."