Children consume about a third of their food intake during the school day. A recent study found that a school meal contains more vegetables, starchy food and protein than a typical packed lunch. The same study also showed packed lunches were much more likely to contain confectionery and crisps, something that isn’t on the menu in Flintshire schools!
Eating healthy balanced meals is vital for a child’s health, growth and development. Good nutrition also boosts concentration levels, perfect for helping improve their performance at school. Having a school meal can also help children to develop important social skills as they sit down, eat together and try new foods.
Healthy Eating in schools(nutritional standards and requirements)(wales) regulations 2013 are designed to reduce the amount of fat, sugar and salt served in school food. For instance we’ve reduced the number of times we serve fried foods to twice a week. All of our roast and baked potato dishes are prepared without the use of fat and we no longer use salt in our cooking.
Don’t worry, all of this doesn’t mean our menus are boring, far from it. We still serve children’s favorite dishes such as chocolate pudding, but we ensure that instead of block chocolate full of fat and sugar, we use the finest cocoa powder – same great result but less than half the fat and sugar.
- Meals contain no undesirable food additives or hydrogenated fats
- 75% of dishes are freshly prepared
- Meat is from farms which satisfy UK welfare standards
- Eggs are from cage-free hens
- Menus are seasonal
- Training is provided for all catering staff
- No GM ingredients are used
- Free drinking water is prominently available
- No fish are served from the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) ‘fish to avoid’ list
- Information is on display about food provenance
- All suppliers have been verified to ensure they apply appropriate food safety standards
- Caterers in schools, early years and residential care settings can demonstrate their compliance with national standards or guidelines on nutrition
As a parent it can sometimes be a struggle to find enough time to plan and prepare packed lunches.
School meals offer excellent value for money. At just £2.00 your child will receive a healthy appetising main meal, dessert and drink. The Flintshire school meals team understand the importance of keeping the cost of school meals as low as possible for parents, and have kept their prices comparable and competitive with neighbouring authorities.
Choosing a school meal for your child offers you a quick and easy solution, which requires no extra shopping or preparation. The school meals service can also offer a packed lunch option if your child would prefer this to the usual menu items.
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Primary schools offer a daily choice of two main meals, jacket potatoes or a packed lunch. Menus run in a three week cycles to provide variey.