Hands up for free school meals

Four to six year olds across the borough will be tucking into award winning meals in November, and all for free.

National School Meals Week commences on 9 November and all of Merton’s primary schools have been offered the chance to take part and run their own free school meals week. Children in reception or year one will get a change from packed lunches and will be able to enjoy tasty and nutritious lunches in their own school.

Friday 13 November will also see a visit to St Thomas of Canterbury School in Mitcham by Johnny Ball from the National Farmers Union. Mr Ball will talk to local children about how food gets from farms to their forks, accompanied by displays of seasonal food and vegetables.

School meals offer children a chance to try fresh food together, with parents safe in the knowledge that their children are getting a balanced meal prepared from British meat and vegetables.

School caterers ISS Caterhouse who provide the meals in Merton, have recently been awarded the Bronze Food for Life Catering Mark. This award demonstrates that their meals are fresh, seasonal and that children and parents are involved in the dining experience.

From next week, Merton Council will also be displaying its own Red Tractor plaque to show its commitment to serving food produced locally and of a high standard.

Cabinet Member for children’s services, Councillor Debbie Shears said “Providing children with the opportunity for children to enjoy fresh, balanced meals at school is a great way to promote the importance of healthy eating. Our schools are here to offer local children a high standard of education and development in all areas, and healthy lifestyles are part of this. It is fantastic to see our school caterers being recognised with this award and we are committed to maintaining and improving these high standards in the future.”

To find out more about school meals in Merton visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/catering

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Press Contact:
Leoni Munslow
Communications Assistant
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 4654