Pledge in school meals deal

PLANS are in place over the next five years for all school meals in Sheffield to be cooked on site.

A new school meals contract has been awarded to Taylor Shaw, which has given a commitment to cooking at all schools, ending the process of food being transported.

However, this will depend on whether extra funding can be secured over the period of the five-year deal, which will see the company in charge of cooking meals for 121 schools, nurseries and children’s centres which have opted into the contract.

The council said Taylor Shaw was chosen because it offered parents and schools more control over the food served to children, and a pledge to use local suppliers where ever possible.

The price of school meals has still to be agreed but the authority hopes to increase meals take-up so that more young people have a healthy lunch while keeping the cost “at an acceptable level”.

Taylor Shaw managing director Jim Lovett said: “There is a real commitment to our transformation plans and we look forward to delivering significant improvements in uptake levels in Sheffield.”