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Cost of a school dinner goes up

Cost of a school dinner goes up

5:54am 10th August 2010

If you've got kids going to a primary school in North Yorkshire you'll soon be hit in the pocket.

The cost of school dinners is going up again - this time by 10p, to £2:10 per child per day. County Councillors have decided to retain the sibling discount which means that there will be a lesser charge of £1.90 for a second or subsequent child having a meal at the same school. Over two and a half thousand children benefit daily from this discount.

County Councillor John Watson, Executive Member for North Yorkshire's Children & Young People's Service, said: "I regret the need to increase prices, but we are determined in North Yorkshire to maintain the quality of our school meals, commended by the School Food Trust, and to ensure that our children receive a healthy and balanced meal every day."

School meals are made with high quality, locally-sourced produce. In fact all meat and poultry used in the menus of North Yorkshire County Caterers - the county council's school meals service - is sourced from within North Yorkshire and more than 90 per cent of all fresh food comes from the wider region. This policy is proving popular with families and growing numbers of primary school children are now enjoying a school meal - county caterers have served nearly 1,000 additional meals every day this past year.   

Cllr Watson said: "Parents will agree it is essential that we maintain these high standards.  Indeed we have increased the budget for food costs for each meal by 50 per cent since the introduction of the healthy meals initiative".

"Despite this regrettable increase in the price of our school meals, they are still very good value for money - where else could you purchase a nutritionally balanced two-course meal for £2.10?"

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