Council announces increase to school meal prices in Denbighshire after battling supplier increases

School meal prices are set to rise in Denbighshire after the county’s School Catering Service has had to battle significant supplier costs this year.

In a statement, Denbighshire County Council explains:

“The Denbighshire School Catering Service has faced an increase of prices for all major commercially procured food products, the domestic food market and across all food market supply chains.

“The Service has seen an average price increase of 8% across food suppliers, but is working with suppliers to mitigate increases.  A spokesman explains:

“In the face of rising prices it was agreed to increase the cost of school meals by 20p. This is the first rise we have introduced in three years.

“The increase will also help us deliver contributions to savings agreed for the set council budget for this financial year. Even after this increase, prices will still be relatively low compared to other local authority areas, and the service is confident that it is providing value for money in terms of the quality of food given to pupils across our schools.”

The announcement comes as the county’s School Catering Service has been recognised as one of the top six best performing services in the UK for 2019/2020.  This recognition, from The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) is based upon comparisons with other school meals services from across the UK, and takes into account things such as food purchasing initiatives, school meal uptake, management costs, staff training/absence levels, communication to customers and more.

The price rise will be implemented on September 1.

Examples of the meals provided to pupils by the service can be found here https://denbighshireschoolmeals.co.uk/primary-menus/