School meals have changed a lot since most parents were at school themselves – they’re tastier, healthier and a lot more fun!
Research shows the average school lunch is healthier than around 9 out of every 10 lunchboxes. That’s because good nutrition is all about eating lots of different foods. It takes planning and effort to do this with a packed lunch (hands up if you pack the same sandwich filling each day with yoghurt, a piece of fruit and a drink?), but it’s far easier with a hot meal.
Fussy eaters often thrive on school meals – many parents say their children have tried all sorts of foods in school that they refuse at home. They’re also a great way for children to improve their eating habits such as using a knife and fork and to learn about the social side of eating with their friends.
Schools don’t have to offer school meals at all if they choose not to. However, at St. Michael's we have always believed lunchtimes should be an integral part of the school day, building on and promoting positive learning and social behaviours.
As of September 2014, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 at state-funded schools get school meals for free.
Families who receive certain government benefits are also entitled to apply for free school meals for their child(ren). If you think you might qualify for free school meals please speak to the school office who can help you check. This is well worth doing – you can save hundreds of pounds each year and make sure your child’s having a good lunch.