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Free meals in store for youngsters

Some of the reception classes children tucking into the free hot meal, courtesy of Tesco, with teachers Sam Bocok, left, and Danielle Fox, plus senior administrator Alison Coates, centre, who co-ordinates the Food for Life scheme at the school.

Some of the reception classes children tucking into the free hot meal, courtesy of Tesco, with teachers Sam Bocok, left, and Danielle Fox, plus senior administrator Alison Coates, centre, who co-ordinates the Food for Life scheme at the school.

Reception children at Market Rasen Primary School are tucking into free hot meals, thanks to a generous donation from the Tesco Charity Trust.

The funding is providing the meals for each of the 45 children in the Swallows and Finches classes for five weeks.

“We know hot meals during the day are a great benefit to the health and well-being of children,” said the school’s senior administrator Alison Coates, who co-ordinates their Food for Life project.

“The free meals will run until half term and so far it has had very positive results.

“As well as the health benefits, the children are also using new vocabulary to describe different foods and are trying food they haven’t had before.”

When the Rasen Mail photographer visited youngsters were noshing noodles as part of a Chinese New Year theme.

From September 2014, children in all infant classes will be entitled to free hot school meals as part of a government initiative.

“We are very grateful to the Tesco Charity Trust for enabling us to give our reception children this opportunity of the meals,” added Miss Coates.

 

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