School meals service to continue

Group of children
Group of children

Plans to scrap Liverpool City Council’s school catering service have been taken off the table, following a turnaround.

The city council had planned to stop supplying lunches and milk to schools it had a contract with in 2014. It followed a steady decline in the number of schools taking the service, with the majority opting to source their food elsewhere instead.

The decision was deferred last year to allow the catering team time to stabilise and improve its menus, which it has now successfully done – generating £136,000 profit in 2014/15.

Councillor Nick Small, Cabinet member for education, said: “We agreed last year to give the service time to work with schools to improve menus and it has successfully done that.

“We’re now in a position where the service is not just covering its costs but is making a contribution to the council’s coffers, helping with the cost of providing essential services.

“I’d like to congratulate the team on their hard work in turning the situation around.”

The service provides meals to 30 schools and milk to 120 sites.