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Education / Council rolls out new menu for primary school dinners

ELEVEN of Shetland’s primary schools are set to adopt a new standardised lunch menu said to offer a “wider choice of healthy and tasty food”.

A leaflet is being sent home with pupils this week which will feature a schedule of the new lunch menus.

Shetland Islands Council said each dish has been created to provide a third of a child’s daily dietary requirements.

The focus is on tasty, healthy, nutritional meals, made with fresh ingredients and as much as possible free from additives and trans fats, the local authority said.

A vegetarian option will be provided every day and as school canteens cater to specific dietary requirements, a vegan option can be offered if requested.

Children’s services director Helen Budge said: “The feedback so far from pupils and school cooks on the new menus has been very positive, and I’m very pleased to see this new approach.

“It will give parents a tremendous opportunity to monitor their child’s nutrition and plan for meals outside school, and will also allow our catering teams to plan well ahead.

“The food our children eat at school has a direct influence on their health and wellbeing, and makes a positive contribution to their educational attainment, so I’m very pleased to see this new system in place.”

The new menus will be rolled out over the coming months across the isles’ primary schools, while it is hoped that pupils, parents and school catering staff will be involved with developing next year’s menus.