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Portland Schools Launch In-House Catering Service

Southwell Campus school meals

10:44am 10th September 2014

Portland Academy is making its own statement in the debate over free school meals, by launching its own catering service.

IPACA received a grant of £22,000 from the government to make improvements to their kitchens at their Royal Manor and Osprey Quay campuses, where hot meals are cooked and transported to the Southwell Campus roughly half a mile away.

Students at the new sixth-form college will get the benefits of fresh hot meals, either on-site or through a personal ordering service which allows them to have food delivered to them direct from the academy's kitchens.

Bring all catering services in-house has created five new jobs at IPACA.

IPACA Head Chef and Catering Manager Chris Wilson said that the school went to considerable effort to get a reliable supply of locally-sourced ingredients to produce its own nutritious meals.

And he noted that the decision could benefit many more people on Portland than just its schoolchildren.

"Now our catering is in-house we are able to provide, at good value, a quality catering service for local businesses, organisations and events.

It's important that we feed our own local economy when we feed our people. This way, we will all grow together."

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