195 children sign up for healthy school lunches in Jersey

The scheme run in partnership with Caring Cooks aims to give children nutritionally balanced lunches. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Almost 200 children have signed up to a scheme offering healthy school lunches in Jersey.

Since the start of the school year, 195 students at both Janvrin and Samarès primary schools have been part of a trial offering a balanced, nutritious hot meal.

Under the scheme, children pay £2.50 for a main meal and a dessert and some children are eligible for free meals.

The pilot scheme has been run as a partnership between the Government of Jersey and charity Caring Cooks who promote healthy diet from an early age.

If the project is successful, it could be made permanent with the school meals service put out to tender.

Janvrin's headteacher Ian George says the benefits of the scheme cannot be understated.

Those feelings were echoed by Samarès headteacher Mike McDermott.