Parents could save £400 with free school meals

Parents could save £400 with free school meals

Parents could save £400 with free school meals

First published in News

THOUSANDS of south Essex children will get free school meals from September, saving parents more than £400 a year in food bills.
The new school term will mark the start of the Government initiative offering free lunches to to reception, Year 1 and 2 pupils to ensure pupils get a nutritious meal.
The schools are expected to offer a hot meals option or cold lunches until their kitchens are able to cope with the demands of extra school meals every day.
Mum-of-two Jessica Turner will benefit from the scheme when her youngest, Freddie, starts school in September. 

Jessica, 27, from Westcliff said: “It's about time, too

“Three meals a day are provided for prisoners, yet not for our children, something is very wrong in a country that does that.

“Hopefully it will be rolled out to the whole of primary soon too.

“I've always thought the free school meal scheme should at least be subsidised in some way because low income working families aren't entitled and are sometimes worse off than nonworking families.

“It also means the children are getting fed a decent meal.

Some parents tend to fill their kid’s lunch box with junk.”

Single mum Olivia Jay, whose son Billy, four, starts at Great Wakering Primary School in September believes the project will give working parents like herself more time to spend with their children.

Olivia, 30, of High Street, Great Wakering, said: “Because I work full-time in London and he goes to after school clubs I know he will be having a substantial meal.”

More than 250 schools applied to Essex County Council for extra funding to help them provide the scheme and 68 additional kitchen staff will be taken on.

Forty-eight of the schools needed major refurbishment and six will not be finished until the October term. The council refused to name the schools.

An Essex County Council spokesman said: “The council is working closely with schools and contractors to make sure the necessary improvements are in place by this time.”

Thurrock Council said extra catering staff had also been employed.

A spokesman said: “Thurrock has been proactive preparing for the introduction, holding a number of meetings with headteachers to discuss catering requirements.

“Discussions have been held with suppliers to ensure additional resources could be supplied in time.

“There were two schools that required major refurbishment, but all the maintained and voluntary aided schools will be ready.”

Southend Council was unable to say whether its schools would be ready

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2:12pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

Great accompanying photo with what looks like a dull school meal, rather ironic.
Great accompanying photo with what looks like a dull school meal, rather ironic. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 8

2:14pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Jack222 says...

'Three meals a day are provided for prisoners, yet not for our children, something is very wrong in a country that does that.'

Silly comment. Parents are responsible for their children! The state should not be responsible for feeding normal children from normal families because FAMILIES do that.

And no child needs a cooked lunch. That's the job of dinner at home in the evenings. Decent rolls / sandwiches are all that is required. That way cooking facilities would not have to have been paid for as well.

What a waste of money and over the top nanny state is this idea.
'Three meals a day are provided for prisoners, yet not for our children, something is very wrong in a country that does that.' Silly comment. Parents are responsible for their children! The state should not be responsible for feeding normal children from normal families because FAMILIES do that. And no child needs a cooked lunch. That's the job of dinner at home in the evenings. Decent rolls / sandwiches are all that is required. That way cooking facilities would not have to have been paid for as well. What a waste of money and over the top nanny state is this idea. Jack222
  • Score: 22

2:18pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Jack222 says...

Picture - a fryup with a handful of peas and corn, a glass of milk and a cake. Sandwiches / rolls would take a fraction of the time, be more nutritious, not require expensive cooking and be far cheaper to produce.

It's a silly, expensive idea to offer cooked meals at lunch time.
Picture - a fryup with a handful of peas and corn, a glass of milk and a cake. Sandwiches / rolls would take a fraction of the time, be more nutritious, not require expensive cooking and be far cheaper to produce. It's a silly, expensive idea to offer cooked meals at lunch time. Jack222
  • Score: 13

2:21pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

“It also means the children are getting fed a decent meal.

Some parents tend to fill their kid’s lunch box with junk.”


Trouble is you will NEVER know what they have eaten and how much is left, you can't watch them like at home, and our school generally won't allow junk in packed lunches, and as a parent you would put the good stuff in the lunch pack, if lazy ar$ed parents want to feed Shane or Shannon junk let them get on with it.
“It also means the children are getting fed a decent meal. Some parents tend to fill their kid’s lunch box with junk.” Trouble is you will NEVER know what they have eaten and how much is left, you can't watch them like at home, and our school generally won't allow junk in packed lunches, and as a parent you would put the good stuff in the lunch pack, if lazy ar$ed parents want to feed Shane or Shannon junk let them get on with it. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 19

3:10pm Mon 25 Aug 14

stopmoaning1 says...

Olivia, 30, of High Street, Great Wakering, said: “Because I work full-time in London and he goes to after school clubs I know he will be having a substantial meal.

Because you work full time in London and he goes to after school clubs Olivia?
Is that a good reason for ME to pay for his meal?
Unbelieveable, completely unbelievable.
Olivia, 30, of High Street, Great Wakering, said: “Because I work full-time in London and he goes to after school clubs I know he will be having a substantial meal. Because you work full time in London and he goes to after school clubs Olivia? Is that a good reason for ME to pay for his meal? Unbelieveable, completely unbelievable. stopmoaning1
  • Score: 15

3:20pm Mon 25 Aug 14

emcee says...

Quote Jessica, 27, from Westcliff: “It's about time, too.
Three meals a day are provided for prisoners, yet not for our children, something is very wrong in a country that does that."
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What an absolutely ridiculous and, dare I say, stupid comment. Going by that remark it seems the state should provide every law-abiding citizen with free food. What next, free housing because prisoners get free accomodation?
It does not matter whether said citizen is Adult or Child, whomever is responsible for that person's nutrition, accomodation and clothing should pay for it. In the case of prisoners it is the state, in the case of children it is the parent or legal guardian.

There are already systems in place to help low income families so why should I, the taxpayer, pay for the feeding of children from better off families who can put that £400 in their 4x4 or towards their next all-inclusive holiday to Disney World.

This scheme is an absolute waste of public money and, besides, there is no way of proving that such scheme will have any benefit to the child. You cannot even force the child to eat the meal, for goodness sake. The only guarantee of this scheme is that parents who can afford to feed their child will, effectively, be taking £400 of MY money to fund some lifestyle choice.
Quote Jessica, 27, from Westcliff: “It's about time, too. Three meals a day are provided for prisoners, yet not for our children, something is very wrong in a country that does that." - What an absolutely ridiculous and, dare I say, stupid comment. Going by that remark it seems the state should provide every law-abiding citizen with free food. What next, free housing because prisoners get free accomodation? It does not matter whether said citizen is Adult or Child, whomever is responsible for that person's nutrition, accomodation and clothing should pay for it. In the case of prisoners it is the state, in the case of children it is the parent or legal guardian. There are already systems in place to help low income families so why should I, the taxpayer, pay for the feeding of children from better off families who can put that £400 in their 4x4 or towards their next all-inclusive holiday to Disney World. This scheme is an absolute waste of public money and, besides, there is no way of proving that such scheme will have any benefit to the child. You cannot even force the child to eat the meal, for goodness sake. The only guarantee of this scheme is that parents who can afford to feed their child will, effectively, be taking £400 of MY money to fund some lifestyle choice. emcee
  • Score: 21

4:03pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

Jessica 27 of westcliff sounds like one of these can't be ar*** ones in providing and making a decent packed lunch each day, wonder if her kids would leave most of it on the plate, then what about the waste and cost!, but that don't matter does it.
Jessica 27 of westcliff sounds like one of these can't be ar*** ones in providing and making a decent packed lunch each day, wonder if her kids would leave most of it on the plate, then what about the waste and cost!, but that don't matter does it. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 7

4:10pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

Single mum Olivia Jay, whose son Billy, four, starts at Great Wakering Primary School in September believes the project will give working parents like herself more time to spend with their children.


How will it give her more time with her son? the meals are done at lunchtime in school when she is at work in London(No less), unless she means the 5 minutes it takes to make up a lunch box in the morning whilst he is watching CBeebies., top tip: plan ahead for the weeks packed lunches, simple once you get the hang of it.
I'll wager most Primary kids do the packed lunch thing so i wouldn't fret about it.
Single mum Olivia Jay, whose son Billy, four, starts at Great Wakering Primary School in September believes the project will give working parents like herself more time to spend with their children. How will it give her more time with her son? the meals are done at lunchtime in school when she is at work in London(No less), unless she means the 5 minutes it takes to make up a lunch box in the morning whilst he is watching CBeebies., top tip: plan ahead for the weeks packed lunches, simple once you get the hang of it. I'll wager most Primary kids do the packed lunch thing so i wouldn't fret about it. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 12

4:57pm Mon 25 Aug 14

abd123 says...

I think the time she saves will be from not cooking a meal in the evening for him, that is somebody else's job. It shows how benefit dependent society has become when she is openly saying the state should feed her son his every meal. There is no shame, self dependence, thought for others paying for those meals or mention of the child's father and his responsibility.
I think the time she saves will be from not cooking a meal in the evening for him, that is somebody else's job. It shows how benefit dependent society has become when she is openly saying the state should feed her son his every meal. There is no shame, self dependence, thought for others paying for those meals or mention of the child's father and his responsibility. abd123
  • Score: 10

5:13pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Wiserman77 says...

This is Nick Cleggs's idea, very ill thought out. Also a rather puerile idea comparing prisoners to children, how is a prisoner supposed to provide food for himself? You breed 'em, you feed 'em!
This is Nick Cleggs's idea, very ill thought out. Also a rather puerile idea comparing prisoners to children, how is a prisoner supposed to provide food for himself? You breed 'em, you feed 'em! Wiserman77
  • Score: 14

5:15pm Mon 25 Aug 14

jayman says...

Hmmm. The Tories are seemingly giving something away that has a degree of moral capital to it... What awful diabolical plan are they hatching.
Hmmm. The Tories are seemingly giving something away that has a degree of moral capital to it... What awful diabolical plan are they hatching. jayman
  • Score: -3

6:01pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

abd123 wrote:
I think the time she saves will be from not cooking a meal in the evening for him, that is somebody else's job. It shows how benefit dependent society has become when she is openly saying the state should feed her son his every meal. There is no shame, self dependence, thought for others paying for those meals or mention of the child's father and his responsibility.
well if thats what she means then thats even worse, you can make meal times fun get them involved spend that extra time together making the meal and don't leave it to others to feed your kiddies, watch them grow, learn and know what you are putting inside them.
[quote][p][bold]abd123[/bold] wrote: I think the time she saves will be from not cooking a meal in the evening for him, that is somebody else's job. It shows how benefit dependent society has become when she is openly saying the state should feed her son his every meal. There is no shame, self dependence, thought for others paying for those meals or mention of the child's father and his responsibility.[/p][/quote]well if thats what she means then thats even worse, you can make meal times fun get them involved spend that extra time together making the meal and don't leave it to others to feed your kiddies, watch them grow, learn and know what you are putting inside them. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 8

6:08pm Mon 25 Aug 14

mikebuk says...

The obseession of what prisoners gets dafter. If prison was the paradise the idiots claim it is , why aren't we all there.
The obseession of what prisoners gets dafter. If prison was the paradise the idiots claim it is , why aren't we all there. mikebuk
  • Score: 5

6:43pm Mon 25 Aug 14

runmummyrun says...

What they've failed to mention us that most schools in the area are BANNING home packed lunches. Those of us parents that wish to continue providing a lunch for our child are not being allowed to which in my book us absolutely ludicrous!
What they've failed to mention us that most schools in the area are BANNING home packed lunches. Those of us parents that wish to continue providing a lunch for our child are not being allowed to which in my book us absolutely ludicrous! runmummyrun
  • Score: 5

8:27pm Mon 25 Aug 14

lucy10 says...

mikebuk wrote:
The obseession of what prisoners gets dafter. If prison was the paradise the idiots claim it is , why aren't we all there.
because the courts wont let us
[quote][p][bold]mikebuk[/bold] wrote: The obseession of what prisoners gets dafter. If prison was the paradise the idiots claim it is , why aren't we all there.[/p][/quote]because the courts wont let us lucy10
  • Score: 5

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