Ever thought about letting your child have school meals, instead of their usual packed lunch?
Here are 5 reasons why you should!
1. IMPROVED DIET QUALITY
School meals are based on national School Food Standards, which every school must follow. Therefore, you can be confident that meals provided at lunchtime are healthy, balanced and nutritious. In fact, students who eat school meals are likely to consume more fruits, vegetables and milk than those who don’t!
2. IMPROVED WELLBEING
Mealtimes are a social opportunity and eating meals together has been shown to improve children’s confidence and self-esteem.
3. IMPROVED DIVERSITY OF CHILDREN’S DIETS
School meals incorporate a wide range of foods across each week, exposing children to a wider variety of foods than they may have at home, or in a packed lunch. Improved dietary diversity is great for health and helps children to develop healthier eating habits!
4. IMPROVED EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Research shows that consuming a healthy, nutritious meal at lunchtime can improve concentration and behaviour during afternoon lessons, allowing children to get more out of their education!
5. SAVE TIME AND MONEY
As well as the obvious time you’ll save making your kids packed lunches, our studies have continually shown that school meals are actually cheaper than packed lunches of the same nutritional standard!