Parents being encouraged to book healthy school meals

Library photo Credit: ITV News Meridian

Parents in Reading are being encouraged to book school meals for their children.

With the new term starting the council is keen to see more families take advantage of schemes guaranteeing healthy and nutritious food.

Schools encourage parents to sign up their children for school meals by inviting them in for a school meal to eat with the children, through lunchbox slips, banners at the school gates, attendance at parent evenings and school newsletters.

All pupils aged between four and seven-years-old are entitled to receive free school meals while parents on low incomes can also apply for free school meals for a child of any age.

The Council is committed to ensuring good quality, nutritious meals are available for every pupil at lunchtime and that those who are eligible for free school dinners take their entitlement.

Parents whose children have a school lunch can be confident they are getting a tasty, healthy meal which is great value for money.

I would encourage parents to start the new school year by taking advantage of the excellent meals that are on offer at school every day.”

– Councillor Tony Jones, Lead Councillor for Education,