PRIMARY and special school children were offered a free school meal as part the National School Meals scheme.
The ‘Great Free School Lunch’ initiative aimed to get as many school children as possible to try school lunches during the week.
The Cheshire West and Chester Council School Meals service normally provides 12,000 primary meals per day but 23,000 school meals were served on Thursday November 7 as part of the initiative.
Cheshire West and Chester Council was the first in the country to sign up to the scheme and Chester MP Stephen Mosley joined students at Dee Point Primary School in Blacon for their lunch.
He said: “I am delighted that Cheshire West and Chester Council is offering free school meals to pupils during this year’s National School Meals Week.”
“I am looking forward to visiting Dee Point Primary School and seeing for myself the great school dinner that are available to our children at lunchtimes.”
The menu on offer was Chicken Korma, Vinegar infused Fish Goujon or Pasta in Tomato and Mascarpone followed by Golden Crunch Cookie, Fruit Jelly or Fresh Fruit Platter. The dishes were specifically chosen to ensure there was something for everyone.
Councillor Mark Stocks, Executive Member for Education and Children said: “Our School Meals Service offers excellent nutritional value for money. I hope the children involved enjoy their free meal and that it results in more children signing up for school meals.”
As part of the event Cheshire West and Chester Council also ran a Twitter Day, reporting from Dee Point primary school in Blacon.
The tweets included information about the nutritional values of school meals, photographs of the food being prepared and final meal, information about school meals week and other activities that happened during the day.
Speaking before the event, Councillor Mark Stocks said: “Our latest Twitter day report will provide a fascinating look behind the scenes at what’s involved in preparing 23,000 school meals.”
If you wish to follow the action on Twitter, you can follow @go_cheshirewest or use the hashtag #cwaclive. For those not on Twitter, all message will be featured on the Council’s website at www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
Chester Intelligencer reporter, Sean Lunt
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