Parents urged to sign kids up for free lunch

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Parents of primary classes one to three pupils in the Borders can sign their child up for a free school meal as part of a new Scottish Government initiative.

The scheme begins on the first day of the new term – Tuesday, January 6 – when every P1 to P3 pupil will be able to receive a nutritious meal that complies with current legislation and helps towards improved learning attainment.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, executive member for education at the council, said: “The health benefits of eating a nutritious lunchtime meal cannot be overestimated and recent research has clearly linked the benefits of a properly balanced lunch with higher levels of educational attainment, the impact on children’s concentration and behaviour, and the long term benefits for improved health.”

Anyone with a query on the free school meal initiative can phone 01835 825149, email schoolcatering@scotborders.gov.uk or visit www.scotborders.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals.