Cumbernauld schools pupils bite into new meal service
Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 19:47 GMT on Tuesday 5th March, 2013.
CUMBERNAULD school children will now be able to enjoy a new healthy lunch service in their schools.

The new scheme means busy parents won't need to spend time making up a daily packed lunch, as North Lanarkshire Council introduce a pre-ordered pack lunch service for pupils in primary and secondary schools.

As part of the scheme, pupils can choose from a selection of sandwiches or pasta pots plus a fruit pot or yoghurt and a chilled drink - all for £1.75. Each snack also comes with a homemade biscuit.

Snack 2 Go is now available in all our primary schools as an extra lunch option, and the Food 2 Go service will be introduced in secondary schools from March. Order forms for these lunch services are available in schools.

"This is an excellent new service which means one less job for busy parents who also know their child is getting a healthy snack at lunchtime," commented Councillor Helen McKenna, Convener of Environmental Services.

"Pupils can choose the food they like and by pre-ordering they won't have to queue at lunchtime and will be guaranteed to get exactly what they ordered."

A new cashless payment scheme has been introduced at Airdrie Academy and St Andrew's High School in Coatbridge allowing pupils to pay using a card and pin number. Pupils normally use their national entitlement card to pay for their lunch but if they don't have this card with them, they can still use the service. Pupils enter their pin number to access their personal account and add to the balance or pay for items. This service is being rolled out to all secondary schools: at Cumbernauld High School, Dalziel High School in Motherwell and Taylor High School in New Stevenston by the end of March.

The dining room servery areas in Corpus Christie Primary School in Airdrie and St Patrick's Primary in Coatbridge have been refurbished as part of the council's ongoing modernisation programme. The work installed modern facilities that meet the needs of the schools' catering service and the pupils.

Pupils at Firpark Primary School in Motherwell are now able to use the cashless payment scheme to pay for their school lunches after the council installed the system in January. This school is also piloting the use of smart boards to assist with pupil food choices.

The cashless system is being rolled out to primary schools. It means pupils don't have to carry cash, which could be lost or spent elsewhere, and parents know their children are getting a healthy meal at school.

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