NEWS that infant school children will get free luches from next September has been hailed by a Chester-based firm and by the city’s MP.
Elygra Marketing, which specialises in school meals promotion, and Stephen Mosley MP both backed a campaign to expand the provision of school meals and better promote their benefits.
Now Government ministers have announced that all pupils at infant schools in England will get free school lunches from the start of the next academic year.
Mr Mosley said: “This is good news for our children across Chester and the wider country.
“Following our successful event in the House of Commons this summer and my question to the Prime Minister on this important issue, I am delighted that the Government have made this major announcement.”
Nigel Argyle, from Elygra Marketing said: “If children starting school get used to sitting with their friends and enjoying a nutritious hot school meal each day, they are far more likely to want to continue that process throughout the rest of their education.
“The importance of a hot meal at lunchtime should not be under estimated and the Government’s announcement recognises the link between a nutritious meal and attainment.
“Stephen has become a great ambassador for school meals and the event we held in the summer at the House of Commons coupled with Stephen’s question on the subject of school meals to Prime Minister David Cameron has clearly paid dividends in raising the profile of school meals, not just to the benefit of pupils in Chester, but throughout the UK.”
The announcement of free school meals for all children in reception class, year one and year two is expected to save parents about £400 a year per child.