County Councillors have decided that the service will not increase the price of a school meal, which had last been raised in 2010.
Keeping the meal price the same however has not been at the expense of reducing the quality of food used. Fresh meat and poultry sourced from local and regional producers will continue to feature on menus this autumn as will seasonal fruit and vegetables including broccoli, kale, leeks and cabbage. During September and October children in North Yorkshire schools will be able to enjoy English apples and pears with all meals cooked fresh in school kitchens.
Cllr Arthur Barker, Executive Member for Schools, said
We understand the increasing pressure on the family purse at this present time and I am delighted to be able to say that it is business as usual for school meals with the price being held while maintaining the high quality of produce used. This is very much a tribute to all our hard working catering staff who are continuing to ensure a quality but low cost service.