Sussex-based catering firm the Easy Lunch Company has won a £10m contract provide the catering for up to seven shools in the Horsham area.
The deal will see the business provide a daily hot lunch to all infant children through the government's Universal Free School Meals initiative, those in receipt of Free School Meals and any other children who wish to pay for a hot lunch.
The contract lasts for an initial period of four years, with the option to extend for a further five.
The Easy Lunch Company was founded eight years ago, by Emma and Patrick Treasure, has grown organically and now caters for approximately 2,500 children per day. Meals are cooked in a state-of-the-art production kitchen in rural West Sussex and delivered daily to schools with all the equipment needed to serve a delicious lunch to the children. The caterer places an emphasis on local, homemade, and balanced meals.
Emma Treasure said: "We are thrilled to have been awarded this contract having catered for these schools since hot meals were introduced to them in October 2008. We treat each school as an individual and tailor our service to meet their needs, we understand how stretched the resources are in schools so do whatever we can to help them which is all part of the service as well as providing a locally made, locally sourced and freshly cooked balanced meal. We have a fantastic team of staff who make it all possible within tight time constraints of a school day."
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