Bolton school dinners still cheapest in the country

The Bolton News: Getting set to tuck in are, from left, Millie Grogan, aged eight, Cllr Nick Peel and Sameer Ahmed, aged eight Getting set to tuck in are, from left, Millie Grogan, aged eight, Cllr Nick Peel and Sameer Ahmed, aged eight

BOLTON’S school dinners will still be the cheapest in the country after council bosses froze prices for another year.

The cost will remain at £1.25, first introduced in 2011, for primary school children compared to the regional average of £2.05.

Cllr Nick Peel, Bolton Council’s executive cabinet member for environmental services, said: “I’m very pleased we are continuing to offer hot, healthy school meals at a discounted price for another year.

“It means we can carry on helping families to save a bit extra as well providing children good quality, tasty and nutritious meals.

“Ever since we started the discounted meal promot-ions we’ve seen increases year on year in the take up of school dinners.

“There are lots of benefits for pupils in having a school meal and we’re proud to continue this excellent initiative.”

From September all reception, year one and year two children will enjoy free school meals in a Government initiative.

In Bolton, nursery and junior pupils will benefit from the £1.25 discount.

School meals promotions, which were first introduced in 2009, have led to more than 2,700 additional pupils tucking in to a school meal each school day – with 65 per cent of children in the borough having a school dinner compared to 50 per cent of youngsters nationally.

To celebrate, Cllr Peel joined children at Tonge Moor Primary for a school dinner on the first day of the new meals promotion.

Headteacher Anne Read said: ”Children at Tonge Moor love eating their midday meal cooked on site by the kitchen staff.

“The menus run for a three-week period before being repeated.

“Having a hot meal is really good at any point in the year and sets you up for the afternoon.

“Ninety three mums joined us for a special lunch last Friday in celebration of Mother's Day.

“In Bolton we are fortunate that the cost has been kept low.

“Fresh fruit is available every day, although I’m particularly disappointed if I realise that I have missed apple pie.”

School menus in Bolton meet strict nutritional regulations and reflect different tastes and cultures.

Dishes include fruity chicken curry, beef and vegetable pie, chicken goujons and penne pasta.

There is a focus on fruit and vegetables and ingredients are sourced ethically, such as free range eggs and Fairtrade products.

Year four pupil at Tonge Moor Sameer Ahmed said: “School meals are really healthy and tasty.

“For me, the best is cheese whirl, which is really cheesy.

“The fruit makes the counter look really colourful but I love the red grapes most.

“There is always plenty of choice and the people who are on packed lunches always want to pinch my food.”

Classmate Millie Grogan added: “Our cooks are really friendly and they serve scrumptiously healthy food.

“My favourite meal is Italian cheese pasta — they sprinkle cheese all over — it is divine. I like water melon, which is really juicy.”

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10:15am Thu 3 Apr 14

steveG says...

Didn't they get the extra money from increase in council tax?
Didn't they get the extra money from increase in council tax? steveG
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10:31am Thu 3 Apr 14

Gore Seer says...

School Meals Are Not A Patch On What They Were When I Went School They Are Cheap None Of My Grandchildren Eat School Meals, They Have Took Pack Lunches.
School Meals Are Not A Patch On What They Were When I Went School They Are Cheap None Of My Grandchildren Eat School Meals, They Have Took Pack Lunches. Gore Seer
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12:20pm Thu 3 Apr 14

filthy6 says...

Gore Seer wrote:
School Meals Are Not A Patch On What They Were When I Went School They Are Cheap None Of My Grandchildren Eat School Meals, They Have Took Pack Lunches.
Fair enough - but at least school meals have to follow nutritional guidelines now. For a lot of kids that's got to be a good thing
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: School Meals Are Not A Patch On What They Were When I Went School They Are Cheap None Of My Grandchildren Eat School Meals, They Have Took Pack Lunches.[/p][/quote]Fair enough - but at least school meals have to follow nutritional guidelines now. For a lot of kids that's got to be a good thing filthy6
  • Score: 3

7:35pm Thu 3 Apr 14

underwater says...

Why should my council tax be used to feed other peoples kids?. I had one child and could afford to feed it myself , so I am not happy about feeding other peoples, if they need help to feed them, they should not have them.
Why should my council tax be used to feed other peoples kids?. I had one child and could afford to feed it myself , so I am not happy about feeding other peoples, if they need help to feed them, they should not have them. underwater
  • Score: -1

7:40pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Gore Seer says...

filthy6 wrote:
Gore Seer wrote:
School Meals Are Not A Patch On What They Were When I Went School They Are Cheap None Of My Grandchildren Eat School Meals, They Have Took Pack Lunches.
Fair enough - but at least school meals have to follow nutritional guidelines now. For a lot of kids that's got to be a good thing
Nutritional Ha Ha Its As Bad As McDonalds Trash, Proper Cook English Meals With Good Pud After, And No Hal Hal Meat I Don't Believe In The Slaughter.
[quote][p][bold]filthy6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: School Meals Are Not A Patch On What They Were When I Went School They Are Cheap None Of My Grandchildren Eat School Meals, They Have Took Pack Lunches.[/p][/quote]Fair enough - but at least school meals have to follow nutritional guidelines now. For a lot of kids that's got to be a good thing[/p][/quote]Nutritional Ha Ha Its As Bad As McDonalds Trash, Proper Cook English Meals With Good Pud After, And No Hal Hal Meat I Don't Believe In The Slaughter. Gore Seer
  • Score: 3

10:32pm Thu 3 Apr 14

mr.mark.c says...

underwater wrote:
Why should my council tax be used to feed other peoples kids?. I had one child and could afford to feed it myself , so I am not happy about feeding other peoples, if they need help to feed them, they should not have them.
Yours fixes potholes so don't worry, but I do worry about you referring to your own child as 'it'.
[quote][p][bold]underwater[/bold] wrote: Why should my council tax be used to feed other peoples kids?. I had one child and could afford to feed it myself , so I am not happy about feeding other peoples, if they need help to feed them, they should not have them.[/p][/quote]Yours fixes potholes so don't worry, but I do worry about you referring to your own child as 'it'. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 2

10:16am Fri 4 Apr 14

underwater says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
underwater wrote:
Why should my council tax be used to feed other peoples kids?. I had one child and could afford to feed it myself , so I am not happy about feeding other peoples, if they need help to feed them, they should not have them.
Yours fixes potholes so don't worry, but I do worry about you referring to your own child as 'it'.
Not interested in Potholes as I do not have a car, so they can save my money from being spent on roads as well.
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]underwater[/bold] wrote: Why should my council tax be used to feed other peoples kids?. I had one child and could afford to feed it myself , so I am not happy about feeding other peoples, if they need help to feed them, they should not have them.[/p][/quote]Yours fixes potholes so don't worry, but I do worry about you referring to your own child as 'it'.[/p][/quote]Not interested in Potholes as I do not have a car, so they can save my money from being spent on roads as well. underwater
  • Score: 1

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