parents urged to sign children up for free school meals
of children in Reception, Year 1 & 2 across the Burnham-On-Sea
area have this week been urged to register their children if they
wish to take up the offer of free school meals from this autumn.
good lunch makes a big difference to childrens health, development
and ability to learn, and every infant child will be eligible
for a free school meal from this September as part of a Government
the beginning of next week, parents with infant children will
receive a leaflet and registration form from their childs
school. The form should be completed for their children to receive
a meal in September.
County Council, working in partnership with local schools, has
put in place enough capacity to ensure that every school has access
to a meal service for its pupils by September.
Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said:
"Free school meals should help a family save up to £437
per year per child and they will provide quality, healthy food
for children every day. They will help children develop good eating
habits, are fun and will help to combat the rising problem of
Government gave each school responsibility for delivering this
but we recognised the size of the challenge and offered to provide
a county-wide solution because this is so important."
that each school can be sure of having enough meals on the first
day of the autumn term, parents need to confirm they will be taking
up the free school meal offer by returning their registration
form by the end of this term. Details vary between schools, but
later applications that arrive at schools through the summer holidays
will be processed, but it will take a few days.
Ridge, who is helping co-ordinate free school meals in the Burnham-On-Sea
area, said: !Its been challenging - only 30% of our schools
have kitchens. But we have a clear strategy in place that makes
the best use of grants from the Government supplemented by County
Council funds and contributions from schools."
suppliers and partners are being used to make sure enough meals
are available. The Council is also building a strategically placed
central production kitchen and helping to complete school kitchens
around the County."
parents have any queries they must speak to the childs school
or call the council's helpline on 0845 345 9122.