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Jersey school meal pilot scheme to be launched

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SCHOOL meals are to be provided to children at two Jersey primary schools from September in a pilot scheme being funded by the States.

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The service will be run by the charity Caring Cooks, in partnership with the Education and Health departments, and is due to be in place for two years at Janvrin and Samarès schools.

And it is hoped it could pave the way for all primary school children to be provided with hot lunches in the future.

A total of £200,000 has been allocated for the pilot scheme from a contingency pot of £2.6 million to be distributed to departments during 2019.

Some children will be eligible for free meals, while others will be charged £2.50. The meals will consist of a nutritious main, dessert and drink.

Education Minister Tracey Vallois said: 'I am a great believer in supporting school meals. This would be a two-year trial for two schools and then, of course, if the evidence shows that it is producing the goods we could roll it out to others.'

She added: 'It has got to meet certain markers and the Food and Nutrition Strategy that it is off the back of.'

Under the pilot scheme, Caring Cooks will provide the meals, which will be prepared in an off-site kitchen. If the scheme is rolled out to all schools then the contract would go out to tender.

'Caring Cooks have got a relationship with our schools which I think is always really important, especially with everything our schools have to do now,' said Senator Vallois.

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