Talking West Cheshire

School meals help families beat the credit crunch

16 September 2010

Cheshire West and Chester Council has not increased the price of school meals to help families beat the credit crunch.

The prices will remain the same as the last school year with primary school meals costing £2.

The School Meals Catering Service offers a two-course menu, with a daily choice of two main course meals, plus a freshly prepared pudding or fresh fruit and yoghurt. The four-week rolling menu also includes milk, water or fruit juice.

Meals in secondary schools have also not been increased and are cafeteria style and include paninis, pasta bars and homemade soup.

Principal Catering Manager for schools in Cheshire West and Chester, Donalda Williams said: “We believe it will be a real help to families that our prices will not go up this school year. The meals are excellent value and our menu has been analysed to meet both the food standards and the nutrient-based standards for school lunches.”

Councillor Arthur Harada, Executive Member for Education and Children added: “We are very proud of our school meals service. Cheshire West and Chester Council serves an amazing 17,000 school meals every day and a nourishing school lunch helps children prepare better for afternoon lessons.

“The new menu provides a great opportunity for children to try new, healthy foods with
their friends.”