Update: ‘Urgent arrangements’ being made to ensure affected schoolchildren receive meals while Food 4 Thought is closed down

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Urgent arrangements are being made to ensure children at schools affected by the closure of Food 4 Thought are fed from Wednesday, according to Lincolnshire County Council’s director of public health Tony Hill.

Mr Hill said: “We have every sympathy for the children and parents who will be affected by the closure of this school food provider.

“Although school meal provision is no longer our responsibility, the most important factor here is the health and education of the children. We are working to have urgent arrangements in place from Wednesday to provide all of the pupils affected with a cold lunch until such time as the current provider is allowed to resume their production.”

Mr Hill has questioned the sense in North Kesteven District Council and Boston Borough Council issuing the Remdial Action Notice yesterday (Monday), in particular the timing of taking such action.

He said: “It is a matter of regret that we were notified too late of the decision to enforce these orders. This meant we couldn’t get a message out to schools before the end of the school day on Monday.

“We have sent out an urgent emails to schools but if they can’t provide free school meals they may make the decision to partially close. We will keep everyone updated.

“The only issue of relevance is whether there is an imminent risk to the children. If so, then the notice to close makes sense. If not, then the timing and urgency of this action needs to be questioned.”

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