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Last Few Days for York Parents To Give Their Views on School Dinners

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1:39pm 10th February 2014
(Updated 2:31pm 10th February 2014)

Pupils, parents and carers are being reminded that they only have a few days left to give their views on school meals in York.

City of York Council’s Learning and Culture Overview and Scrutiny Committee has set up a Task Group to look into the take-up of school meals generally and the take-up of Free School Meals specifically.

The Group hopes that feedback from school pupils and their families will show why:

  • there is a relatively small increase in take-up of school meals across all York schools;
  • some parents/carers who are entitled, do not register and claim for free school meals;
  • significant numbers of entitled pupils whose parents/carers haveregistered and claimed, do not take up the offer of a free school meal.
  • And enable the Group to explore the effectiveness of cashless payment systems for school meals and there impact on school meal take-up.

Mark Ellis, Head of School Services, City of York Council, said: “School meals have come a long way in the past few years since Jamie Oliver brought them to the public attention. Research shows that good nutrition is vital to supporting good learning and we want to find out why more pupils in York aren’t taking school meals, whether or not they’re entitled to Free School Meals.

“I’d urge everyone to email or write in with their views so we can make York’s school meals as tasty and accessible as possible.”

To give us your feedback on school meals in York please email schoolmealservice@york.gov.uk or write to Mark Ellis, Head of School Services

School Services and Directorate Support, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

All comments should be received by the end of Sunday 16 February.

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