Tasty new contract for school meals

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A CONTRACT to provide healthy and hot school meals to schoolchildren across the Daventry area worth £13.7 million has been put out to tender.

Northamptonshire County Council is currently looking for a company to take on a four-year contract to become their new hot school meals supplier for primary schools.

In September the county council launched its new school meals service which has been partly funded by a Government grant of £8.5 million.

A spokesman for the county council said: “The tender is for the supply of food for primary schools for the next four years.

“Currently food is being supplied in frozen meal form though an interim contract from Cambridgeshire County Council.”

The contract asks for a three-week menu cycle which would need to be changed twice yearly, at a minimum.

The county council is aiming to increase the number of pupils having a healthy, hot meal at school from its current figure of 28 per cent to 45 per cent within the next five years.

This means the contractor will be expected to increase the amount of meals it provides from 2.4 million in the first year to 3.44 million by year five.

Hot meals at schools are provided in a variety of ways including being in kitchens on the school site, or prepared elsewhere and delivered to the school while hot.