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Benefits and Nutrition

Healthy School Meals Benefits and Nutrition

Most parents of primary school children would like to see their children enjoying healthy school meals as there are obviously a number of recognised benefits.



What are the Benefits?
 

Research has shown that taking a regular healthy school meal will help children cope better with the physical and mental demands of a school day.

  • Assurance that a two course healthy school meal is well balanced and meets the strictest nutritional standards required for good health
  • Research has shown that a regular, hot, school lunch will help children cope better with the physical and mental demands of a school day
  • Eating together with other children will help develop the social skills essential in later life
  • A tasty and varied menu enables children to try new dishes and experience new tastes
  • Safety in the knowledge that the meals are prepared in a 'home made' style using fresh ingredients
  • Knowing that the food is served by helpful and friendly staff who will encourage children to take a nutritious meal
  • Peace of mind knowing the food served is of good quality and the hygiene standards are high
  • A two course school meal provides good value for money
  • No packed lunch to buy, prepare and keep fresh

Exceeding the Standards

The School Lunch Company school meals service is working closely with schools to raise standards in the following ways:

  • Achieving the Government’s Nutritional Standards for school lunches, allowing your children to enjoy healthy food and maintain a balanced diet, using fresh produce and cooking homemade dishes.
  • Ensuring that School Catering Staff are trained in food hygiene, health and safety, culinary skills and nutrition.
  • Sourcing food from reputable local suppliers and improving links between producers and schools.
  • Working in partnership with schools to improve nutritional education.
  • Consulting with parents, children and schools, to improve the existing levels of school meal provision.


 

For further information about school meals, Government legislation and nutritional topics we recommend visiting the School Food Trust and Change4Life websites.