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Schoolchildren across Preston and Lancashire to receive ‘reduced menu’ at lunchtime until half term

Posted on - 7th October, 2021 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Education, Politics, Preston News, Schools
School meals have changed recently. Pic: Katrina_S/Pixabay

Lancashire County Council have recently come under fire for changing children’s school meals, offering a reduced menu.

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The reason is, however, due to shortages. The temporary reduced menu has started this week (week beginning 4 October) and will apply until half term.

This will give kitchens a chance to restock, so the usual menu will apply after half term.

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The temporary menu will consist of two main course choices – soup and choice of sandwich with accompaniments and salad bar or baked potato with a variety of fillings and salad bar.

There will also be fresh fruit, yogurt and daily dessert options, fresh organic milk or drinking water.

This situation will apply in schools across Lancashire that use Lancashire County Council’s service.

Also, the retail sector (supermarkets) have been experiencing similar product shortages as widely reported in news stories however, as they carry multiple ranges of similar products and offer a much wider variety they are less affected than the wholesale sector (which accounts for school meals).

The council are not experiencing difficulties with fresh meats and vegetables, it is grocery and frozen.

County Councillor Jayne Rear, cabinet member for education and skills, for Lancashire County Council said: “As has been widely reported in the media, nationally there have been issues with food supply chains caused by a shortage of delivery drivers and food industry workers.

“We are working hard to minimise the effect on our schools, but in some instances we may need to offer a reduced menu compared to our usual large choice of dishes.”

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