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Back to school; parents will get a chance to taste school meals before new term

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 12:59 GMT on Friday, June 21st, 2013.

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Parents and pupils will get the chance to sample school food at induction days. 

‘GET stuck in!’, that’s the message from North Lanarkshire Council after the education authority announced that pupils stepping up to primary or secondary school, and their parents, will be getting a free sample of school meals before the new school year begins.

Children across North Lanarkshire who will be starting primary school for the first time will be invited to induction days at their new school to meet their teacher and fellow students. However, the day will also see the new P1s and their parents tuck into a a free school meal together, with the parents also able to have the opportunity to meet the catering staff and ask any questions they may have about school meals.

North Lanarkshire primary schools all offer a variety of health, hot and cold snacks and meals every day, including homemade soup, sandwiches, baked potatoes, a vegetarian option, fruit pots and yoghurts along with water, fruit juice or milk, with lunch costing only £1.80, and busy parents also able to take advantage of the Snack 2 Go service – a service which provides a packed lunch with their child's choice of food.

Meanwhile, P7s who are stepping up to become S1s, this August, will also have induction days, at their future high schools, during which the new pupils will receive their National Entitlement Card which they use to access the cashless catering service. The new high school pupils will also have a chance to taste the lunch menu on offer, which includes a two course meal deal as well as nutritious meals and snacks - all for £1.85. A pre-ordered packed lunch, Food 2 Go, is also available in secondary schools.

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Pupils can also collect points for the healthy food they buy and the redeem these using their National Entitlement Card for rewards such as shopping vouchers, cinema tickets, a camera or iPod.

"Each year we provide over 3 million school meals which shows just how popular our lunches are," Councillor Helen McKenna, Convener of the Environmental Services Committee said.

"There's a great selection of food for all tastes, from old favourites like fish and chips and macaroni to pizza, curries, wraps and salads. Our priority is to provide health, nutritious meals and we cater for pupils with special dietary requirements - so parents know their children are getting a good lunch which offers value for money.

"Our free meals on induction days give new pupils a taste of what's on the menu when they come to school in August, and we hope this encourages them to choose a school meal as their first choice."

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