BREXIT UPDATE FOR SCHOOLS
Schools are advised to contact their food suppliers ahead of the 31 October deadline, to ensure those suppliers have a plan in the event of no-deal Brexit. Food suppliers must ensure they can continue to meet nutritional standards, while also meeting special dietary and allergy needs.
Importantly, SFM is encouraged to see that the advice concludes by noting that the school food standards are still in place, and that school meals must continue to be provided to all registered pupils who request one. However, we remain concerned that the government does not actively check compliance - an issue SFM continues to campaign on. Further, while frozen fruit and vegetables can be a reasonable substitute, the anticipated price hikes will add pressure on delivery. SFM believes the biggest challenge to schools in the event of no-deal will be the supply of fresh fruit and vegetables. If we exit without a deal at the end of October it will happen at a time when the UK seasons are against us.
We are confident that the brilliant cooks and caterers working in school kitchens across the country will get creative and continue to deliver school food that meets the standards regardless and we hope that any interruption to supply chains will not severely compromise the quality and delivery of school food.
In other news ...
With most of the food services sectors currently closed, a great deal of veg is at risk of going to waste.
Children from our member school, John Ruskin Primary, were treated to a masterclass in gnocchi making today with Italian chef Vicky Veltry.
Our friends at Sustain have published a new guide for councils, school caterers and partners who want to deliver meals to older and disabled adults during the Covid-19 outbreak.