Firm gets £4.5m Derby school meal contract

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A company has been awarded a £4.5m contract to produce meals for schools in Derby.

The city council said catering firm Chartwells would provide school dinners for 32 primary and special schools in a three-year deal.

The meals will be cooked from scratch in kitchens by school catering staff who have been retained, the council said.

The authority said school kitchens would also undergo improvement work.

City councillor Evonne Williams, cabinet member for children and young people, said: "The new contract for providing meals in schools is seeing new menus created and daily 'cooked from scratch' meals.

"Around 30 schools and four children's centres are benefiting and our staff have been retained.

"We are also able to start work on kitchen improvements working with schools and Chartwells, I am pleased with progress and the benefit this has for Derby's pupils."

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