THE cost of school dinners in Sheffield will stay the same this year to help parents during tough economic times, council leaders have vowed.
A rise in food and fuel costs has caused Taylor Shaw, which provides lunch for most of the city’s schools, to implement a rise in cost.
But Sheffield Council has agreed to cover the increase without passing it on to parents.
Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “It is the council’s desire to help all families. We recognise the effect the recession is having on those most vulnerable, but also on those in the middle.
“That is why we feel strongly that we need to support those who are being squeezed hardest.
“However, we still want to maintain high quality food and standards, and with the support of Taylor Shaw keeping its costs to us as low as possible, we have been able to do the best we can for parents.”
Warrington-based Taylor Shaw took over running school meals for the local authority last year.
Peter McGrath, general manager at the company, said: “I am pleased that the costs to parents are the same this year for school meals. We know times are tight and if we can do anything to help parents then we will and we are grateful to the council for helping us achieve this.”