Food shortages forces school to switch to ’emergency’ dinner menu for pupils

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A letter was sent out to parents of pupils who were attending Fulwood and Cadley Primary School about the shortages which the school were facing. Within the letter, parents were informed that the school were facing ‘difficulties in sourcing certain items’ meaning the food, which is made in the school, may be lacking in regards to certain food items.

While there hasn’t been an issue sourcing fresh produce from within Lancashire ‘certain frozen or canned goods’ have been facing the shortage issues which the school mentioned in its letter to parents, saying they “probably will continue to be affected for some time to come”.

There are reports that a number of other schools may end up facing the same issues.

These issues at Fulwood and Cadley Primary School follows news supermarkets across the country could also face a number of food shortages.

The food shortages across a number of the nation’s favourite supermarkets due to a crisis with carbon dioxide (CO2).

The letter sent out to parents of the school also includes an excerpt from a letter which was sent out by Lancashire City Council.

The letter reads: “We expect to see further disruption to food supplies and delivery consistency over the coming weeks and months, with industry experts predicting that the national shortage of heavy goods drivers is set to last for up to 12-18 months.

“This is likely to be further exacerbated by the 01 October 2021 EU Brexit Phase 2 Border Operating Model which will require mandatory veterinary health certificate for meat, eggs, dairy products, fishery products and many other products of animal origin being imported to the UK.

“It is expected that these requirements will add significantly to the time it takes to complete customs checks and resultantly, lead to further delays within the distribution process.

“Whilst we would ordinarily endeavour to ensure that the full published menu is available daily, the wider issues associated with food supplies and deliveries means that we may not be able to produce the published menu as consistently as normal.

“It is likely that product availability of some manufactured frozen produce will continue to be impacted, as with certain tinned and dry goods, which may require local menu adaptations.

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“Unit Catering Supervisors have been asked to communicate any shortages with their Headteacher directly and to agree suitable substitutions where necessary.

“We apologise for the inconvenience that this may have on individual schools and would ask for your understanding during what is an evolving national situation.”

The changes include a substitution of Corned Beef Hotpot in place of the Spaghetti Bolognese option, which will be occurring on September 21.

Should the children not want the option of the Corned Beef Hotpot, a Jacket Potato or Sandwich are also on offer as a replacement.

The emergency menu is set to come into force on September 27.

Lancashire City Council has been contacted for comment.

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