Lancashire schools that receive free school meal parcels via Lancashire County Council Schools Catering Service, have received a special lunch guide launched this week.
Families who are eligible for free school meals and who choose to receive a 5-day lunch parcel through Lancashire County Council’s school catering service, now also receive a new visual guide to offer a helping hand with support and advice for the preparation of a healthy lunch.
The guide is also be available for download for other families looking for inspiration of what to serve to their children to ensure they have a balanced nutritional lunch.
The guide comes with serving suggestions and advice in the preparation of lunch for each school day from the food parcel contents, as well as providing hygiene and health advice, guidance on allergen information and tips for healthy extra snacks.
There are currently around 350 pupils per week receiving food parcels from their schools, which are prepared by Lancashire Catering Service. Lancashire schools are also issuing approximately 38,000 weekly vouchers to eligible pupils across Lancashire.
County Councillor Phillippa Williamson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “Families across Lancashire are already dealing with the stresses of home schooling and working from home as well as trying to keep children entertained seven days a week during lockdown.
“We wanted to offer a helping hand by showing the different meals which could be produced from our food parcels. We really hope that this guide will go some way to doing that and providing practical guidance for families, as well as helping them to plan meals across the week.”
The food parcels contain a range of items to create a nutritious balanced lunch for each school day.
The visual guide also offers the chance for children to learn about the different utensils and cooking equipment needed and what goes into a healthy meal and help stimulate some recipe ideas for the week.
Councillor Williamson added: “Lunch time, whether you’re in the office or in the school canteen, is normally a really social event in most people’s day. The guide can potentially help bring families together, giving children a chance to learn about the food they’re eating and how to prepare it in a safe environment.”
The new A4 guides will be available to eligible families when schools return after the half term break. The guide can also be downloaded from the Lancashire Catering Service website at www.Lancashire.gov.uk/catering