Youngsters at schools across Cambridgeshire are being encouraged to try a school meal as part of a healthy New Year initiative.
School meals provide a healthy, balanced meal at lunchtime, and the uptake of school meals in Cambridgeshire is continuing to rise.
The nutritional standards set out by the government mean that children in the county benefit from some of the healthiest school lunches in the world. They are full of essential vitamins and minerals children need to help them grow and develop whilst giving them the energy to get through a busy day at school.
Children love eating together and by enjoying a school lunch with their friends they learn simple life skills such as eating with a knife and fork, good table manners and socialising away from lessons. They are also more likely to try new foods if they see their friends eating them.
Serving over 19,000 meals per day, Cambridgeshire Catering Service (CCS) – part of the County Council - provides school meals to the majority of Cambridgeshire’s primary schools. CCS aims to positively influence the diets of young people and always consider where the food we put on their plates comes from and how it is produced. Seasonal locally grown produce is used in our meals wherever possible, free range eggs are sourced from a family farm in Bedfordshire and menus now feature an organic product, with more to follow on future menus.
School meals also provide convenience for families with busy lifestyles, saving parents the time of preparing a packed lunch every morning. Also providing value for money, the cost of a school lunch has been held at £2 for the fourth year running.
You can find out more about the school lunch menus and the catering service by visiting www.myschoollunch.co.uk/cambridgeshire