Doncaster parents will reap the benefits of free school meals

School meals
School meals

Free school meals which start at the beginning of the new term could potentially save Doncaster parents £3.3 million on lunches.

With around 8,473 children in the area - aged between four and seven - now eligible for free school lunches, many parents who have previously spent up to £400 a year on meals will reap the financial savings.

Government standards for school meals mean parents can also be secure in the knowledge that their children will receive a healthy, nutritious lunch – something which studies have shown contributes to improved concentration and learning in the classroom.

Evidence shows that only around one per cent of packed lunches meet these standards.

While free school meals are means tested for all children from Year 3 onwards, they are now available to all children in reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who is spearheading the new initiative, said: “Free school meals for infants will not only save families hundreds of pounds a year but will also have an impact on how a child performs in the classroom so that, regardless of their background, every child can have the best possible start in life.”