Nottinghamshire school dinners are on the increase

THE number of children eating healthy school meals in Nottinghamshire has climbed for the 3rd year in a row – with more than 34,000 children now having a school lunch every day.

News also out from recent research suggests the County Council’s policy to buy local food has injected £1.6m into the local economy.*

Coun Andy Stewart, Cabinet Member for Personnel and Performance at the County Council said: “This is obviously fantastic news for parents across Nottinghamshire and is testament to the high quality of school meals.

“I am equally delighted with the news that the local economy is also benefiting from our new approach of locally sourcing ingredients for school meals.”

New figures, published by the School Food Trust and LACA, show that nationally an average of 44.1 per cent of children in primary schools and 37.6 per cent of pupils in secondary school opted for school meals in the 2010-11 year, up from 41.4 and 35.8 per cent respectively in the previous year.

Figures in Nottinghamshire are above the regional average with 41.6% of primary school pupils and 31.2 per cent of secondary school pupils having a school meal.

This means that around 1,300 more children in Nottinghamshire had healthy school meals last year.

More than 33,000 children in Nottinghamshire now eat a school meal every day

The equivalent of almost 6.7million healthy school lunches were served up last year in the 93% of schools that the County Council supplies a service to.

Coun Stewart adds: “I think if parents are thinking about signing up for school meals from September it’s also worth noting that research shows that school meals not only have a big impact on children’s health but it also helps them to concentrate and succeed in school.”