Who should receive a free school meal?
From September 2014, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive a free school meal. This will save many families a considerable amount of money over the year. In order to take this offer up you do not need to do anything – your child just needs to ask for school dinner when the register is taken. School lunch offers a choice on the menu each day with unlimited vegetables available and fresh fruit daily.
School menus are carefully compiled and feature many local items, reinforcing our commitment to support East Anglian producers. A very high proportion of our dishes are traditionally prepared within the school kitchen, allowing EATS catering to carefully control each recipe and its ingredients. The small proportion of meat items not prepared in our kitchen are also made using meat carrying the Assured Food Standards (Red Tractor) accreditation. These items include sausages, burgers, meatballs and chicken kievs which are prepared using pork, beef and chicken which is either local or accredited from within the UK.
Why are free school meals for all infant pupils being introduced?
The government is funding schools in England to provide every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 with a nutritious meal at lunch time. The aim is to improve academic attainment and save families money. Universal free school meals for primary school pupils were a key recommendation in the School Food Plan (www.schoolfoodplan.com), which was produced independently for the Department for Education.
The School Food Plan presented evidence that universal free school meals leads to positive improvements in health, attainment and social cohesion, and help families with the cost of living.