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Parents of eligible children urged to apply for free school meals

Education Minister, Peter Weir has urged parents of eligible children to apply for free school meals as the new school year approaches.

walktoschoolThe Minister said, “One of my Department’s aims is to raise standards in education and the importance of a healthy school meal in achieving this should not be underestimated.

“There is a recognised connection between healthy eating and improved learning and a nutritious school meal contributes to a young person’s growth and development.”

The ‘Food in Schools’ policy advocates a whole school approach to ensure that only healthy food is provided in schools and that young people develop the knowledge and skills to enable them to enjoy a healthy lifestyle as they progress through life.

The Minister added, “Eating a nutritious school meal can improve a child’s concentration, behaviour and their ability to learn in class. This ultimately leads to better educational outcomes. Parents have a role to play in encouraging healthy eating and embedding a lifelong habit that will ultimately lead to improved health in adult years.”

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Annie newry times box adIn 2015/16, 101,063 pupils were eligible for free school meals with 82,002 (81.1%) of eligible pupils availing of the service.

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