County council keeps cost of primary school lunches to �2 a day
PARENTS sending their kids off to Fenland primary schools this autumn were told this week that the price of a school meal has been pegged to �2 for the second year in succession.
Cambridgeshire Catering Services will continue to provide a two-course meal consisting of a main course and dessert for that price.
The county council hopes the freeze on prices will continue to boost numbers enjoying a school dinner.
“Over the last three years school meal uptake has seen a rise from 31.6 per cent to 39 per cent with over 15,000 meals served across the county each day,” said a council spokesman.
“All the meals meet the Government’s food based and nutrient standards.”
Richard Ware, Head of CCS said: “With obesity issues regularly appearing in the news, we are working hard to increase school meal uptake and thereby encouraging pupils to eat a healthy, balanced meal at lunchtimes.
“School meals are an important part of the whole school day and a nutritious and fulfilling school meal can give a child more energy for afternoon lessons, improve concentration and help prevent problems in later life.”
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Caterers will introduce salad bars into schools to help pupils eat their recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables per day.