Omeath school chosen for new hot school meals pilot project
Social Naomh Lorcan in Omeath is one of 36 schools around the country to have been selected to take part in a new hot school meals pilot project beginning in September.
News of the project was announced this morning by Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty TD with pupils of the 36 schools in the pilot scheme set to be able to avail of hot meals when they return for the new school year.
News of the project has been welcomed by local Fine Gael Councillor John McGahon. He said: “It’s really important to note that families will not be asked for additional contributions towards these 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.
“Nationally we are going to see 36 schools trialling this scheme, benefitting over 6,600 pupils.
“It is great to see North Louth 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.”
Minister Regina Doherty added: “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. I am delighted to be extending this pilot to the 36 schools announced today. They represent a good cross sample of schools and I look forward to the insights we gather from their experiences.”