Thursday, 24 December 2015

School meals over Christmas and New Year

One of North Ayrshire Council’s most-appreciated services will again operate over the Christmas holiday period.

Despite educational facilities being closed over Christmas and New Year, the meals service at 10 local schools will continue to provide nutritious dinners for pupils, at a cost of £2.00 per lunch.  No charge is applied for children who qualify for free school meals.

During the holiday break, free leisure facilities are also being provided at the schools.

The SNP-run council first trialled the holiday meals scheme in 2013 and, after it proved successful, rolled-out the service across North Ayrshire the following year.

The efforts of school-meals staff were recently recognised when NAC’s Facilities Management personnel won ‘Team of the Year’ at the 2015 Herald Society Awards.  The prize was given for work to “improve the lives of young people in North Ayrshire”.

The council’s SNP Cabinet Member with responsibility for the school-meals service, Ardrossan councillor Tony Gurney (pictured), said, “This scheme is one I am incredibly proud of and I’m not surprised at the recognition it is getting. It is thoroughly deserved.

“Since introducing it as a pilot project, it has gone from strength to strength.

“We recognise that we have a duty to our children all the year-round – not just when they are at school. We are leading the way with our holiday meals service and other councils are sitting-up and taking notice.

“North Ayrshire school pupils have always enjoyed a high standard of nutritious meals, and looking at the latest menu it is clear to see why we are considered one of the best.”

Lunch will be served from 12:30pm-1:00pm and the free leisure activities take place from 11:30am-12:30pm. The schools are open on December 29 and 30, and January 5 and 6.
Primary pupils can access the meals service at the school closest to where they live.  The schools taking part are:

Castlepark Primary
Dalry Primary
Dreghorn Primary
Elderbank Primary
Hayocks Primary
Loudoun Primary
Pennyburn Primary
St Bridgets Primary
Stanley Primary
Woodlands Primary

School meals will also to be provided free-of-charge at the Church of Nazarene in Glasgow Street, Ardrossan as part of the holiday meals service to accommodate pupils of Winton Primary and Ardeer Primary through the successful ‘Making a Meal of it’ community meals initiative.

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