Council gets a cash boost to provide free school dinners

Primary schools across West Sussex may soon have to pay for any wastage
Primary schools across West Sussex may soon have to pay for any wastage

Northamptonshire County Council has been given £1.17 million to provide free school meals for reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils.

The Department for Education funding has been allocated as part of the Government’s Universal Infant Free School Meals programme, enabling infant school age children to benefit from a free hot lunch.

The programme was introduced in September and around 79.2 per cent of eligible families in Northamptonshire are now taking advantage of a free school meal. It will be spent on improving kitchen and dining rooms, buying new kitchen equipment and introducing salad bars.

Families with children at one of the 176 county schools served by Nourish can register for Universal Infant Free School Meals and be means-tested for free school meals by visiting www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/schoolmeals, or by visiting any Northamptonshire library..