School meals to stay at £2 across Hampshire

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SCHOOL meal prices will be frozen for the sixth year, Hampshire County Council has said.

The council, which covers schools in Fareham, Gosport and Havant, has announced that the price will be kept at £2. The number of meals served in schools this year will exceed 10m with 7m in primary schools and 3m in secondary schools.

More than 39,000 primary children in Hampshire, an average take-up of 40.8 per cent, eat school meals each day, including those entitled to free meals.

Councillor Peter Edgar, the council’s executive member for education, said: ‘I am mindful that we are living in difficult economic times so I hope this news is welcomed by parents. In my view, these meals represent excellent value for money.

‘The school meal service provides nutritious meals, working closely with schools, pupils and parents to create varied menus that are healthy and tasty.

‘It also plays an important role in the development of healthy eating habits among children, which can be key to preventing problems such as obesity in later life.’

Visit hants.gov.uk/hc3s for more.