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A message of support from Stephen Forster and NSG

19 Mar 2020
Our industry has never faced such a massive challenge, and my colleagues in NSG and I all want to send a message of support to our members our partners, suppliers and associates and especially to school catering teams throughout the UK.

This is a time of deep concern both within our industry and for our families and friends.  Whatever your role in school food, the impact of the coronavirus is massive and changing daily.  During this crisis we will work constantly to bring you trusted advice, clear information and every support for when we get back to normal – whatever and whenever that may be.  

We will continue to ensure that the messaging to the Government around the benefits of our service is consistent, accurate and timely and demonstrates the value of school food to the health and wellbeing of children and young people and the recovery of our nation.

Our service is embedded into the school day, all that we do to nurture children and young people promotes wellbeing and attainment.  Therefore looking beyond the current crisis we will demonstrate our resilience and will soon, once again, be back at the heart of the school day even though that seems hard to believe today. In the meantime, we owe it to our team members, schools, children and their families to do everything within our power to secure the future of our service. Of course, the wellbeing of our customers and team members is now our absolute priority and therefore we support the government’s isolation policy to protect us all at this time.

As the situation develops you can be sure that we will stay in touch, keep talking to the Government and share news of innovative ideas or advice that may help you cope and plan for the day schools fully reopen.  In return please do send us good news stories of all that you and your teams are doing – please keep to less than 100 words and we will post them on a special website page and on social media with your permission. I want to ensure that the good we do as an industry is not dismissed and is celebrated as it should be.

With best wishes from me and the entire team at LACA to you, your colleagues and your families.

Stephen Forster

National Chair

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