School catering staff gearing-up to provide 1.5 million school meals safely

Schools, Libraries and Learning
14:25, Thursday, 27th August 2020

North Lincolnshire Council’s catering staff are looking forward to providing school meals safely as schools go back next week.

Each year school pupils eat through over 1.5 million meals. Popular options include roast chicken with all the trimmings or Lincolnshire sausages, mash and fresh vegetables.

Top choices for puddings include lemon love cake, welly fudge or flapjack.

Some schools are taking a different approach to meals next term. Hot grab bags are being made for pupils to take back into the classroom – for example chicken fillet wrap, fries, fruit and a cookie.

The catering staff are among the council employees who changed the way they worked and stepped-up to support vulnerable people when the pandemic struck – including working through school holidays when they normally have a break.

They provided  grocery bags for pupils who receive free schools meals and packed lunches for pupils still attending school to ensure children and their families were supported, and were kept safe and well.

Each week more than 1,000 grocery bags were delivered to families who receive free school meals. This support for vulnerable families meant they did not have to visit the supermarket as often and worry about the extra cost of food.

One parent who has received grocery bags, said: “Thank you to the catering team for the grocery bags, they are a life saver and amazing. Thank you to all of you who are helping.”

St Hugh’s Communication and Interaction Specialist College, said: “Thank you for the support with the food bags. Parents have been very appreciative of them. Thank you and your team.”

The team also prepared more than 3,500 packed lunches for children of key workers and vulnerable children still attending schools during this time.

Holme Valley Primary School, said: “Thanks for all that you have done to make the new arrangement for lunches.”