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Monday, November 5, 2012

County launches new school meals menu

Winter is on the way and Denbighshire's award winning catering service is launching its new school meals menu with lots of children's favourites.

From spaghetti bolognaise or lasagne to tasty fish fillets with diced potatoes and peas, traditional meat and potato pies with potatoes and veg and some new additions such as chicken fillet in BBQ sauce, tomato and basil pasta and many more delicious dishes.

Salad bars are available in most schools with jacket potatoes, yoghurts and fresh fruit all on the menu daily.

All meals comply with Welsh Government nutritional guidelines without compromising on taste and research shows that children study better and are able to concentrate more in the afternoon if they've had a hot, nutritionally balanced meal at lunchtime.

In appreciation of the difficult financial climate, this is the third year prices have been held as Denbighshire's school meals team strives to increase uptake to compensate for the ever increasing cost of food.

Denbighshire's Cabinet Lead Member with responsibility for the school meals service, Councillor David Smith, said: "The team has worked hard to design a nutritious and warming menu, and they organise a range of competitions and theme days throughout the year and all this is for less than the price of a latte in some high street shops - where else can you get a freshly cooked 2 course meal with a drink for £1.95!

"I would encourage parents to seriously consider taking up the school meals offer - the more parents who do, the better it is for children and the more we can keep the prices down."

The menu is now being distributed to schools and school cooks are ready for the launch on 5 November, kicking off with a special theme-day menu to celebrate Bonfire Night.

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