When news happens, text BAZ and your photos or videos to 80360. Or contact us by email and phone.
Getting a taste for lunch
9:00am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
HAMPSHIRE County Council is offering little children starting school for the first time this Autumn, the chance to enjoy free school meals every day for a fortnight.
Some of the meals are sourced locally – including beef from Laverstoke Farm near Overton. School meals in Hampshire are currently enjoyed by more than 39,000 primary school children every lunchtime, with each meal providing a child with a third of the recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals over the three week menu cycle. To encourage even more children to try these meals, the council’s catering service, HC3S, is inviting primary schools to offer the meals free for Hampshire’s 14,000 new reception pupils for a fortnight.
About 300 primary schools are expected to take part in the offer which will run throughout the Autumn Term. Schools will be contacting parents with the details and dates of the fortnight they will be offering Reception children the free school meals which are completely nut-free.
Hampshire council leader Roy Perry said: “The County Council continues to provide high quality healthy meals using local produce, and they are more popular than ever.
“Following the success of the scheme last year we have decided to offer free school meals to Reception children again this year.
“Pupils and parents have told us what they would like to see on the menu and we have listened.
“Menus in our schools offer children a variety of choice as well as providing them with appetising, wholesome lunchtime favourites.
“All children should be able to enjoy a nutritious, tasty meal at lunchtime, and we are proud to be able to make that to happen with sustainable local produce.”
Comments are closed on this article.