The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, T.D., confirmed this morning that Gorey Central School will be part of a new pilot scheme to allow school children to avail of hot meals. The scheme begins in September.
Commenting, Minister Michael D’Arcy said; “It is great to see Gorey Central School involved in the pilot and I hope to see it rolled out nationally so that all school pupils will benefit.
“The selection of schools for this initial trial was based on ensuring a proper variety of school sizes, a mixture of urban and rural and DEIS and non-DEIS Schools to ensure the best possible sample for the pilot.
“Each primary school participating in the pilot project will be expected to provide a menu choice of at least two different meals per day, plus a Vegetarian/Vegan choice and an option that caters for students’ religious and cultural dietary requirements.
“It’s really important to note that families will not be asked for additional contributions towards these meals.
Minister Regina Doherty stated; “A hot school meal is not just about nutrition, but it also guarantees a better education. The research out there shows us that children who benefit from a daily nutritious hot dinner have greater focus and better learning outcomes. I would like to thank all the schools who applied for the pilot – we had an enthusiastic response.”
Nationally we are going to see 36 schools trialling this scheme, benefitting over 6,600 pupils.