Following on from National School Meals Week (NSMW) in November, local MP, David Rutley, visited St Alban's Primary School in Macclesfield, to join pupils and staff recently as they sat down for lunch.
During David's visit there was, as usual, a wide range of nutritious food options available for pupils. David was able to enjoy a meal, sitting alongside pupils, during their lunch break. On his visit, David also spoke with Mrs Cooke, the Headteacher, who explained that the school and its catering provider, Dolce, take great pride in ensuring that all meals served to pupils have a home-made feel to them, as well as being nutritious and diverse, with regular offerings including roast dinners and toad in the hole.
Now in its 25th year, NSMW is a flagship project of the Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA), which represents the School Food Industry. It aims to celebrate and promote the benefits of healthy and nutritious meals in schools, which studies consistently demonstrate lead to increased educational attainment, improved pupil focus and concentration, and higher levels of energy to sustain pupils throughout the school day.
Speaking after his visit, David said, "It was great to sit down with pupils and staff at St Alban's Primary School for lunch. I would like to thank all those involved in preparing these meals and making them available for pupils. It is clear that the school is committed to providing nutritious and well-balanced lunches for pupils all the year round, helping to improve pupils' educational attainment and wellbeing, for which it is to be strongly congratulated."