Local food on school plates

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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.