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Regional school meals map released

Map to show where school meals are sourced in the North East Credit: Gateshead Council

Gateshead Council say its regional food map highlights high welfare standards as well as where ingredients for school meals are sourced.

The council serves lunch to 10,000 pupils every day.

It says its policy to use local suppliers whenever possible is boosting the regional economy.

Healthy school meals to boost regional economy

Gateshead Council say their policy of using local food suppliers wherever possible for school meals is providing a boost to the local economy.

The council spend £1.8 million on raw ingredients each year.

They have published a map to show parents and children where their school meals come from.

"Our policy of buying all of our ingredients from local suppliers not only means they are fresher and we know exactly where everything has come from, it ensures that local farmers and local businesses benefit from the money we spend. That’s got you be good news for the North’s economy."

– Councillor Angela Douglas, cabinet member for Children and Young People

Full Report: The future of school meals?

Teachers, parents and cooks have been getting together on Tyneside to discuss the future of school dinners across the country.

The owner of the Leon restaurant chain in London is following in TV chef Jamie Oliver's footsteps and coming up with a new action plan.

The plan is being put together through events being held across the country - including one at a Newcastle school today.

Watch the full report from Derek Proud below.

New School Food Plan aims to get more children having school lunches

Teachers, parents and cooks have been getting together on Tyneside to help shape the future of school food nationally.

Benfield School in Newcastle has hosted one of seven roadshows being held throughout the country to help improve school meals.

Restaurant owner Henry Dimbleby has been given the task of coming up with a new School Food Plan for the Government.

He told ITV News that he wants to get more children to eat school lunch.

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Newcastle school hosts future of school meals event

Teachers, parents and school cooks from across Newcastle have been joining forces to help shape the future of school food in England.

Benfield School in Newcastle has hosted one of seven school food events taking place across the country to help create an action plan for children's diets.

The events follow the publication of a draft national curriculum which for the first time requires all secondary school children to learn about food and cookery.