MP shares lunch at school with youngsters
5:20pm Friday 27th September 2013 in Latest News
AN MP tucked into a tasty treat alongside youngsters from a primary school as he welcomed a Government plan to dish out free hot meals to five, six and seven year olds.
Robert Buckland, MP for South Swindon, was served up a jacket potato with tuna and salad at Lydiard Tregoze Primary School yesterday to promote the plan to encourage parents to get free school meals, which have been proven to help concentration levels during learning.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg recently announced that the Government will fund schools in England to provide every child in reception, year 1 and year 2 with a hot, healthy meal at lunchtime.
Universal free school meals for primary school pupils was a key recommendation of the School Food Plan launched in July this year.
Mr Buckland said: “The Government has looked and largely adopted the School Food Plan, which showed levels of concentration did improve when children had a hot meal.
“At the moment there are a lot of families who do not take school meals or who may just miss out on being eligible and this should help.
“The message to get out is that people should take advantage of this and get a good quality meal for their children.
“I had a jacket potato with tuna and salad and very nice it was too. The great thing about the kids is they tell it how it is, and they all liked the food too.”
For more information visit www.schoolfoodplan.com.