No Increase in School Meals Prices in Knowsley

By on Friday, June 21, 2013

(Press release: Knowsley Council)

Local families are welcoming a decision by Knowsley Council not to increase school meals prices for the third year running.

The council has agreed to freeze the price of school meals in the borough for the school year from September 2013.

The prices – at £1.70 for a primary school meal and £1.75 for a secondary school meal – are among the cheapest on Merseyside and the rest of the country.

The average cost of a school meal nationally is between £1.93 and £2 a day – or around £10 – £12 a week. This means that Knowsley families could save between £1.50 and £3.25 per child per week on school dinners.

School lunches in the borough include a hot or cold meal, drink and fruit or dessert – providing children with nutritious, tasty meals cooked fresh on the premises every day.

Knowsley School Meals Service currently provides almost two million meals a year at Knowsley’s primary, special schools and Centres for Learning.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Delivery said: “While the Council is facing significant cuts in Government funding and has to make some very difficult savings decisions, we know that it’s also tough for families trying to make ends meet.

“We hope by freezing the price of our school meals prices for the third year running, it will help more families provide their children with nutritious, tasty meals – which are great value for money.

“We are committed to healthy eating and providing a nutritionally balanced meal for every pupil in the borough. A healthy meal at lunchtime provides pupils with energy to concentrate throughout the school day and has a positive impact on young people’s behaviour.  This also provides children with the opportunity to learn the social skills that eating and interacting with others brings.”

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