The APSE awards recognise the very best in local government frontline services across the UK and following a rigorous round of judging, Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Catering Team have bagged first place in the Best Service Team: Catering Service category.

The catering service was shortlisted in the ‘Best Service Team: Catering Service’ for their amazing response to delivering Free School Meals during the pandemic.

In March 2020, the Welsh Government announced that all schools would close with immediate effect due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Caerphilly County Borough Council was faced with the challenge of how they would provide a service to over 6243 Free School Meals pupils.

The local authority catering team showed true entrepreneurship, creativity and strong leadership skills by implementing a FSM home delivery service that involved partnership working with local suppliers and over 20 service areas within the authority.

Cllr Ross Whiting, Cabinet Member for Learning & Leisure commented, “I am thrilled that our Catering Service’s efforts have been recognised in these prestigious national awards. The recognition of first place is well deserved and we at Caerphilly Council are so proud of all of our staff for their relentless work and determination throughout the pandemic which has had such a positive impact on our children and young people receiving free school meals.”

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