New lunch service is convenient and healthy

A NEW healthy lunch service in schools means busy parents won’t need to spend time making up a daily packed lunch.

North Lanarkshire Council is introducing a pre-ordered pack lunch service for pupils in primary and secondary schools.

Pupils can choose from a selection of sandwiches or pasta pots plus a fruit pot or yoghurt and a chilled drink – all for £1.75. Each snack also comes with a homemade biscuit.

Snack 2 Go is now available in all North Lanarkshire primary schools as an extra lunch option, and the Food 2 Go service will be introduced in secondary schools from March.

Order forms for these lunch services are available in schools.

Councillor Helen McKenna, convener of environmental services, said: “This is an excellent new service which means one less job for busy parents who also know their child is getting a healthy snack at lunchtime.

“Pupils can choose the food they like and by pre-ordering they won’t have to queue at lunchtime and will be guaranteed to get exactly what they ordered.”

A new cashless payment scheme will be introduced at Dalziel High School in Motherwell and Taylor High School in New Stevenston allowing pupils to pay using a card and pin number.

Pupils normally use their national entitlement card to pay for their lunch but if they don’t have this card with them, they can still use the service.

Pupils enter their pin number to access their personal account and add to the balance or pay for items. This service is being rolled out to all secondary schools and will be up and running in these two schools by the end of March.

Firpark Primary School in Motherwell is also offering the use of the cashless payment scheme to pay for their school lunches after the council installed the system in January.

This school is also piloting the use of smart boards to assist with pupil food choices.

Once available in all secondary schools the cashless system will also start being rolled out to primaries.