Local food on school plates

Around three quarters of food on the plate of an average school dinner in Nottinghamshire is now locally supplied.

County councillor Andy Stewart, cabinet member for personnel and performance, said: “If you take the roast dinner we serve up in schools, the meat and seasonal vegetables all come from local suppliers.

Even in a dessert like our sticky toffee pudding, both the milk and eggs are sourced locally.”

The county council spends around £6m each year on food for schools and around a third of this goes to local suppliers or those based less than 50 miles away.