05 April 2012>
At the recent Association of Teachers and Lecturers event, the take up of free school meals across the UK was debated by teachers with concerns raised about the quality, quantity and choice offered to children.
Caerphilly County Borough Council has already committed to providing healthy, affordable and fun options for children at meal times.
- Children at Caerphilly CBC schools will receive at least one portion of fruit and one of vegetables at school each day.
- Fizzy drinks will no longer be available, replaced instead with water and fruit juices. School meals will follow guidelines to increase intakes of fruit, vegetables and oily fish, whilst reducing processed foods high in salt, sugar and fat.
- Children will eat together, enjoying the social aspects of dining together.
- Most importantly exploring food will be fun!
By choosing school meals you can rest assured your child will receive a good quality balanced lunch that will help your child concentrate during lessons, have energy for play times and recharge their batteries for the afternoon. Plus you'll be saving yourself time too, removing the need to prepare a packed lunch, and at £1.80 for a two course meal and drink for Primary School pupils you can be happy with the health of your purse too.
Schools will receive new menu cards, signage and newsletters, and everyone will be made aware of the Appetite for Life campaign through social media, bus and radio advertising (listen out to Capitol Radio) and Newsline.
There is also a website, www.myschoollunch.co.uk/caerphilly, where parents, children and teachers can view menus, find information on school cookery clubs and enjoy fun activities about healthy eating
For more information contact Marcia Lewis, Catering Services Manager, 01495 235212.
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