Campaign highlights new menu in Monmouthshire schools: much more than mash ‘n chips
>Monmouthshire Council has launched a campaign to promote its new primary school meals service through highlighting that the meals are tasty, nutritious and excellent value for money.
Food served by Monmouthshire’s meals service for primary school students is imaginative, locally sourced, cooked on site and excellent value for money. A two course meal costs no more than two pounds!
The council’s campaign was launched on Wednesday 21st October when a film featuring pupils from Monmouth’s Kymin View Primary:
was released on social media channels. The film shows children performing a dance to the early sixties hit “Monster Mash” with a slight twist.
The council has also produced a video promoting the new menu and this will be released during National School Meals Week – a celebration of all that is great about school food – starting on Monday 2nd November.
Councillor Liz Hacket Pain, cabinet member with responsibility for school meals said: “School meals really have improved beyond recognition and many parents are unaware what fantastic value they represent. In addition, parents leading busy lifestyles can be assured that today’s school meals are far from being convenience food – they’re genuinely good for your children’s health, education and well-being and it would be difficult to find better value elsewhere. All food included within the new school meals menu meets or exceeds government nutritional guidelines.”
Research consistently shows that a good diet doesn’t only impact on physical health - it has a direct impact on ability to learn. Children who eat a healthy diet are more focused and achieve better academic results.
When the council’s autumn/winter menu is launched a typical meal will feature such traditional delights as shepherd’s pie, roast pork or an appetising casserole as well as modern dishes like barbecued chicken, pizza and meatballs. Spring and summer will see the introduction of a new menu.
For the less adventurous, jacket potatoes with various fillings and a salad bar will be available each day. Vegetarian and special diets are also catered for and fresh fruit and yogurt will feature daily.
Information on the new menu will be featured on the council’s website and will also be distributed by schools to parents. Residents can log onto the council’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages to find out more.