School meals served in Grantham despite dispute

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Schools in Grantham were not affected when the company which supplies their hot meals was forced to stop supplying hot meals in other areas earlier this week.

While schools in the Sleaford and Boston areas supplied by meal provider Food 4 Thought only received cold lunches while a dispute between the company and North Kesteven District Council and Boston Borough Council over licensing was resolved, schools supplied by the company in the Grantham area were still able to have hot meals via the kitchens at Huntingtower and Gonerby Hill Foot schools.

A spokesman for South Kesteven District Council said: “The issue was over a technicality and did not affect any children at schools in Grantham.”

The catering company Food 4 Thought went into liquidation on November 4 and their operation was taken over by Ideal Catering Group, operating from the same units at Reedspire Industrial Estate, Sleaford and Norfolk Street Industrial Estate in Boston.

The company, which was served with notices on Monday to cease delivering hot meals by NKDC and Boston Borough Council because it did not have the appropriate licence and approvals, was allowed to resume its service yesterday (Thursday) after negotiations with the two authorities, who issued a joint statement to say ‘the company has done everything the authorities have asked of it to ensure the ongoing, successful delivery of its school meals service to customers’.

Ideal Catering Group company director Caroline Clark said: “We are grateful for the opportunity to resolve all outstanding matters and resume our full service providing children with their lunches.”

Ideal Catering Company supplies meals to a number of Grantham area schools, including Huntingtower Road, Gonerby Hill Foot, Barrowby, St Mary’s and St Anne’s.