Derbyshire school to convert library into kitchen

A Derbyshire school is converting its library into a kitchen after receiving a £120,000 grant from its local county council.

Springfield Junior School reckons it will be able to save £6,000 a year by producing meals in-house due to an increase in the number of kids using service and a reduction in transportation costs. It currently receives a daily delivery of food.

The school also plans to produce meals for other schools in the immediate area that don’t have a catering facility.

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As well as the development of the new kitchen, the school’s existing servery will be transformed into a pantry area.

According to the Burton Mail, Derbyshire County Council conducted a review of school catering five years ago which found that primary schools with kitchen facilities enjoyed a higher uptake of pupils eating school dinners than those which brought in meals from outside.

The paper reported that the council currently oversees 241 cooking kitchens and 111 dining centres among schools within its district.

It added that the money for the project will come from a £250,000 budget set aside for kitchen improvements three years ago.

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