All Primary 5 children will receive free school meals as the menu is changed to include hot dogs and vegetarian sausage rolls

All Primary 5 children will receive free school meals as the menu is changed to include hot dogs and vegetarian sausage rolls

More Renfrewshire pupils will benefit from a healthy school meal as the next phase of the national expansion of school meals goes live.

Starting Thursday this week, the five elementary students will join those from previous years and get a healthy school meal without costing their parents a penny.

It’s all part of the Scottish government’s expansion of universal school meals.

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Children will also be able to enjoy new menus when they return for the new term following feedback from parents and students.

Favorites like chicken poppers, sandwiches, hot dogs, and veggie sausage rolls are now back on the menu after the team reworked them to make sure they still comply with school legislation.

Elizabeth Moore, Renfrewshire Council’s School Menu and Nutrition Coordinator, says it’s important to make sure school menus strike a balance between foods kids love while providing health benefits.

Elizabeth said: “It is clear that children and parents missed some of their favorites when we launched our new school menus in August. As a team, we’ve worked hard to make sure kids can still get something they love while also making sure they eat balanced meals.

“When you introduce something that is classified as less healthy in the regulations, it means that we have to review other things that we offer on our menus so that there is that healthy balance. We also look for other ways to provide the same food, such as using healthier alternatives.

“The new menus will give kids more of what they love while still being generally healthy, and I hope they enjoy it.”

Important Step - Counselor John Shaw
Important Step – Counselor John Shaw

Councilman John Shaw, coordinator of finance, resources and customer services, says the expansion will help more children enjoy a hot, healthy meal.

Council Member Shaw said: “When we began providing universal school meals to all students in elementary one, two and three, it was clear that this benefited not only their health but also their ability to learn and participate.

“Being able to increase the universal supply of school meals to elementary and middle school students is an important step in ensuring that more children receive the nutrition they need.

“School meals also support children’s language skills and friendships, which is just as important.”

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