Taste of success 

Cllr Zaman (3rd left) and Head of Service for School Meals, Elaine Long, (2nd left) receive the award from sponsors E and R Moffat.

Victory was on the menu as Bolton Council’s school meals service was recognised at this year’s Educatering Magazine awards.

The authority was recognised as one of the education catering industry’s best performers when it picked up the Local Authority Caterer of the Year accolade.

The award submission focused on the management of increasing the take up of school meals, working with partners to achieve wider community benefits, and also innovation to demonstrate a unique value-for-money and health initiative.

The council cut the cost of school meals from £1.80 to £1 last January for all primary pupils to encourage more children to enjoy a healthy hot meal.

While the price went up in September to £1.25, Bolton’s school meals are still the lowest priced in the country.

The meals offer fantastic value for money for a fresh and nutritious two course hot meal and drink.

The accolade is another for the school meals team, who won an Education Catering Marketing award in the Local Authority Caterers' Association awards in July. The team also won Most Improved Performance in Education Catering and Catering Business of the Year in 2010.

Councillor Akhtar Zaman, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, said: “We are delighted to be recognised by the industry yet again. Our success is down to the support from schools, loyal parents who continue to take advantage of the offer and also our hardworking school kitchen staff and management.”

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