Celebrating National School Meals Week

This week - beginning 3rd November - is National School Meals Week.


National School Meals Week celebrates the health and learning benefits of nutritious school meals and is run by the Lead Association for Catering in Education.

Universal Free School Meals for children up to the age of seven was a flagship policy announced at Liberal Democrat Conference 2013. It is expected to benefit 7,791 children across Solihull Borough.

Local Lib Dem MP Lorely Burt recently visited Cranmore Infant School to see the new policy in action and try her hand at serving free school meals to children.

Mrs Burt said, "As National School Meals Week celebrates its 21st birthday, for the first time ever all schoolchildren up to the age of seven are entitled to free school meals.

"Children benefit from good school meals with healthier bodies and more alert minds. They learn better and have a better chance of going on to achieve their potential."

Schools Minister David Laws said, "Eating a healthy, nutritious, meal at school has been proven to help children do better academically and we have made great progress in ensuring more and more pupils all over the country can enjoy those benefits.

"With the help of hard working teachers and staff, we have improved the quality of food in schools without increasing costs and thanks to Universal Infant Free School Meals every child from the age of six to eight has access to a healthy meal at lunchtime - saving parents up to £400 a year.

"This week celebrates that progress and provides a chance to show off the creativity and talent of our hard working school cooks and catering staff to the wider community."

More information about National School Meals Week is available online here http://www.thegreatschoollunch.co.uk/

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