Primary schools in Calderdale are being urged to make sure they register for funding which will allow them to give every reception class, Year one and Year two pupil a free school meal, regardless of income.
Government money is being made available through the Children’s Food Trust for the School Food Plan, a national scheme starting in the new school year in September aimed at ensuring young children get a nutritious meal each school day.
The trust has always been supported by the Incredible Edible movement, and Incredible Edible Todmorden, through its Aqua Garden based at Todmorden High School will also have a role to play when a later batch of funding comes through, says Pam Warhurst of IE/IET. “It’s brilliant that we are now starting to understand the importance of giving all our children a good meal at school.
“We are starting with free school meals for reception class and Years one and two and that’s good news not only for children and families but also local food producers who will be involved.
“It’s top quality food and money is going back into local areas. With so much on schools’ minds, some primary schools haven’t applied for the money they are entitled to yet so we are asking all of them to make sure they are lined up for the money to actually buy the food that the children can eat,” she said.
Pam said the Government has made available between £100 and £200 per child to do this and schools should log on to the Children’s Food Trust website - www.childrensfoodtrust.org.uk - for full details.