All five-to-seven year-old pupils in state schools in England will receive free school meals from September next year – 2014
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The £600m plan is designed to boost the health and educational attainment of children, and will save families an average of £437 per child per year.
Meals for all primary school pupils were recommended in a review which found that in pilot schemes, students were two months ahead of their peers academically when free lunches were provided.
The School Food Plan was drawn up by Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent, co-founders of the Leon restaurant chain
Anne Longfield, chief executive at the 4Children charity, said: ” Providing a nutritious, hot lunch for all infants in primary school promotes positive eating habits and helps to ensure that children are able to concentrate and perform well in the classroom.”
Test out your school lunch to see if it meets the nutrients needed for a school child using the Nutrition Program.