A SCHOOL in Co Waterford has been chosen to pioneer a hot meals project.
Scoil Choill Mhic Thomaisin, in Kilmacthomas, is one of 36 primary schools selected for the initiative to provide a hot meal for children every week day.
The schools will provide a menu of at least two different meals each day, plus a vegetarian choice and an option that caters for students’ religious and cultural dietary requirements. Families will not be asked for additional contributions towards these meals.
The scheme has been running since January at one school in Dublin.
“A hot school meal is not just about nutrition but it also guarantees a better education,” said Minister for Social Protection, Regina Doherty,. “The research out there shows us that children who benefit from a daily nutritious hot dinner have greater focus and better learning outcomes.”
The schools were selected to ensure a variety of sizes, and a mixture of urban and rural.