We don’t want airline food for our children

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PARENTS fear children will be dished up ‘airline food’ after plans emerged to end cooking in their school kitchen.

St Gerard’s Primary in Bellshill is to get its lunchtime meals from a ‘cook freeze kitchen’ in Wishaw.

The ‘blast frozen’ food will be transported to the school where catering teams will make only the ‘finishing touches’ before meals are served.

The change is due to come in early next year as part of North Lanarkshire Council’s drive to cut costs.

Bellshill councillor Harry McGuigan said: “Someone on the parents’ council claimed we are being reduced to serving children airline food. It’s not quite like that, but all it takes is a delivery lorry to be held up in traffic and the school lunch hour would be thrown into disarray.

“In an ideal world I would want to see school kichens continue in their present form, but we’re having to make savage savings and it’s a painful and ugly process.”

Graham Patrick, the council’s head of facility support services, said: “Under the council’s savings plan the option to make greater use of the cook freeze kitchen at Calderbridge Primary School in Wishaw was accepted.

“The kitchen currently provides 15 schools with meals, which are prepared fresh, blast frozen and delivered to schools, where catering teams make the finishing touches.

“No school kitchens will close as a result of these arrangements.”

Full story in this week’s Bellshill Speaker.