Four Cork schools have been chosen to take part in the Hot School Meals Pilot Project, an initiative to provide a hot meal to primary school children on a pilot basis from September.
The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty this week announced that 36 primary schools (with over 6,600 pupils) have been selected for the scheme.
Among the schools are Scoil Mhuire Agus Eoin, Mayfield; Clogheen Mixed NS, Kerry Pike; SN Bun An Tsabhairne, Crosshaven; and Scoil Na Mbraithre, Mitchelstown.
Funding will be provided to schools to source suppliers and families will not be asked for additional contributions towards the meals.
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.
“A hot school meal is not just about nutrition but it also guarantees a better education,” said Minister Doherty.
“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. I am delighted to be extending this pilot to the 36 schools announced today,” she added.
“They represent a good cross sample of schools and I look forward to the insights we gather from their experiences.”