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Seventy More School Cooks Needed in North Yorkshire

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2:15pm 23rd May 2014

More than seventy new school kitchen staff are needed to provide an 1.5 million meals per year in 300 primary schools across the county for the Government’s free school meals initiative.

From September, all primary schools must provide free school meals on request to pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2. The county council says it's preparations for the change are going well but more kitchen staff are needed.

North Yorkshire County Caterers which provides the authority’s school meals service needs to recruit an extra 70 general kitchen assistants to maintain the delivery of high quality meals to every eligible child that requests a school dinner.

Keith Tillbrook, Manager of County Caterers said: “We prepare school meals to a very high standard and to help deliver a free meal to every KS1 child in September, we are recruiting additional staff for our kitchens. The offer of a free school meal is good for parents and children who will be provided with a healthy, nutritional school lunch.  It will also benefit the local economy with most of our meat and poultry supplied by farms in North Yorkshire and we use companies based in Yorkshire to supply our food which will support the creation of jobs across the supply chain”.

“The Government’s free school meals initiative will save parents of children in these year groups around £400 per child each year and we are expecting a high take-up of the offer”, said County Councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Schools. “All our food is cooked fresh, from scratch, in school kitchens and much of it is locally sourced.  It is important that growing children are served high quality, nutritionally balanced meals and now we need extra staff to help us maintain these stringent standards while meeting the extra demand.”

All primary schools will be sending out letters to parents soon to provide more information.  Examples of our primary school menu can be seen on www.northyorks.gov.uk

Over 70 vacancies for General Kitchen Assistants have been advertised on www.northyorks.gov.uk   

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