Although schools have only been open to the children of key workers and vulnerable children in recent weeks, those pupils that have attended have still received a delicious school meal everyday thanks to the dedicated staff of school caterers, including Warwickshire-based Educaterers.
Educaterers employees have been working in around 125 schools a day across the region, at any one time, to serve up nutritious meals to those children that have been attending school and the school staff supporting and caring for them.
The school caterers provided their services to around 60 schools that remained open over the Easter holidays, with staff working on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
Director of Educaterers, Terry Tredget, said: “Right from the beginning of this crisis, our employees have stepped up to the plate.
“I would like to thank them all, in whatever capacity, for helping to feed vulnerable children and the children of essential key workers who are on the front line keeping the health service, vital infrastructure and the economy running during these difficult times.
“I am immensely proud and grateful to have such wonderful colleagues.”
Schools that have been receiving Educaterers meals during the difficult circumstances resulting from the Covid-19 lockdown have been quick to praise them too.
Campion School in Leamington Spa has said the Educaterers team have been “fantastic… during these exceptional times”, with the school commenting that “our key worker pupils (and a number of essential staff to look after them) are being well fed and looked after by the team on site.”
Dordon and Wood End Primary Schools have also thanked Educaterers for everything they have done for their children, commenting that “it has been a difficult situation that has been made easier through your support an openness.”
Educaterers normally serve up over 120,000 nutritious tasty meals a week in over 200 schools and colleges in Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Birmingham and Oxfordshire.
They are currently posting a recipe a day on social media from their Educaterers Recipe Book, via the Warwickshire County Council Twitter (@warwickshire_cc) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/WarwickshireCountyCouncil) accounts, hashtag #Educaterers, so that parents and carers of children not in school can recreate school meals at home.
For more information on Educaterers, visit www.educaterers.co.uk.