A school in Staffordshire has doubled the size of its kitchen and invested in new catering equipment as part of a £600,000 revamp.
The improvements at Jackfield Infants’ School, in Burslem, are in response to a sudden increase in demand for school meals following a government decision to provide infants with free school meals.
In a report by The Sentinel, catering supervisor Karen Degg told the newspaper: “We are now serving an extra 90 meals a day. Not every child has a school meal, but the vast majority of them do. In the past, we only had a small kitchen. Now it’s not only bigger, it also flows better.”
As well as new catering equipment the improvements include a new serving hatch to better manage the distribution of meals.
Catering staff at the school now serve 220 meals a day and are enjoying the improved kitchen facilities which were funded by a government grant for school capital projects.
The decision to offer free meals to all infants could mean a surge in demand for kitchen fit-outs and new foodservice equipment.