By Ron Howells • 08 October 2021 • 11:47
UK Schools have been told to stock up on tinned food by suppliers amid fears of severe shortages due to a lack of available HGV drivers.
Schools in the UK have been urged to stock up on food ahead of anticipated shortages, with many accusing the government of “failing” some that have already faced disruption to supplies.
One of the largest canteen suppliers in the UK, ISS, has sent letters to school catering staff advising them they should stock up on frozen and tinned food to ensure that children are properly fed during the winter period.
ISS supplies 450 schools across the country, the company said food availability for school canteens was being severely impacted by the shortage of HGV drivers. A lack of staff and import delays are also being blamed.
An email, read by a reporter from ITV, urged catering staff in schools to “top up on long-life, dried, tinned and frozen products to ensure that there will always be some form of food available in a worst-case scenario”.
“Our priority is always the schools, and the children, whose meals we provide. We would like to reassure parents and carers that our ability to continue to provide nutritious school meals is not being impacted by the well-publicised shortages of items that the UK is currently experiencing,” said ISS in a statement, adding:
“Naturally, we have contingency plans in place to ensure that a good supply of meals remains in place. That contingency planning includes regular communication with our stakeholders during these challenging times for many schools across the country.”
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