Well-fed school children will be ready to learn

Well-fed school children will be ready to learn

Well-fed school children will be ready to learn

First published in Letters

I was pleased to see the letter in the Oxford Mail from doctors and public health professionals last Friday about the health benefits of the Government's free school meals initiative for infant school children.

This Liberal Democrat policy will also help tackle social inequality by removing the stigma that has prevented many families who are already entitled to free school meals from claiming them – therefore, ensuring all students are well fed and ready to learn.

It is not easy to produce a healthy, affordable and varied pack lunch every day so I started paying for my son to have hot meals last year.

The free school meals policy will save my family about £450 this school year and about £900 next year.

For many parents this is a welcome relief at a time when household budgets are stretched and I hope that the policy will be expanded in the future to include children of all ages.

This is a hugely important and positive step forward for health, education and equality.

Emily Smith, Botley

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2:21pm Tue 2 Sep 14

WitneyGreen says...

"It is not easy to produce a healthy, affordable and varied pack lunch every day"

Yes it is. I fail to understand why parents can't ensure their children are 'well fed and ready to learn' as that is, one hopes, their responsibility as parents.
"It is not easy to produce a healthy, affordable and varied pack lunch every day" Yes it is. I fail to understand why parents can't ensure their children are 'well fed and ready to learn' as that is, one hopes, their responsibility as parents. WitneyGreen
  • Score: 2

6:23pm Tue 2 Sep 14

mytaxes says...

There are breakfast clubs and now free lunches, let them have dinner also and it will take all the responsibility from parents to feed their children. Why do they have children if they are not willing to take responsibility for feeding them?
There are breakfast clubs and now free lunches, let them have dinner also and it will take all the responsibility from parents to feed their children. Why do they have children if they are not willing to take responsibility for feeding them? mytaxes
  • Score: 1

8:52pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

WitneyGreen wrote:
"It is not easy to produce a healthy, affordable and varied pack lunch every day"

Yes it is. I fail to understand why parents can't ensure their children are 'well fed and ready to learn' as that is, one hopes, their responsibility as parents.
There is the third way...

Children who live close to their school can potentially go home for a nutricious lunch too. I certainly did, and many children at my old school still do.
[quote][p][bold]WitneyGreen[/bold] wrote: "It is not easy to produce a healthy, affordable and varied pack lunch every day" Yes it is. I fail to understand why parents can't ensure their children are 'well fed and ready to learn' as that is, one hopes, their responsibility as parents.[/p][/quote]There is the third way... Children who live close to their school can potentially go home for a nutricious lunch too. I certainly did, and many children at my old school still do. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 1

9:35pm Tue 2 Sep 14

WitneyGreen says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
WitneyGreen wrote:
"It is not easy to produce a healthy, affordable and varied pack lunch every day"

Yes it is. I fail to understand why parents can't ensure their children are 'well fed and ready to learn' as that is, one hopes, their responsibility as parents.
There is the third way...

Children who live close to their school can potentially go home for a nutricious lunch too. I certainly did, and many children at my old school still do.
Yes, but that would rely on the schools and the county council organising themselves to ensure children go to their closest school, within walking distance. Hey, that would get rid of all the traffic congestion too. But instead we send children to schools on the other side of the city.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WitneyGreen[/bold] wrote: "It is not easy to produce a healthy, affordable and varied pack lunch every day" Yes it is. I fail to understand why parents can't ensure their children are 'well fed and ready to learn' as that is, one hopes, their responsibility as parents.[/p][/quote]There is the third way... Children who live close to their school can potentially go home for a nutricious lunch too. I certainly did, and many children at my old school still do.[/p][/quote]Yes, but that would rely on the schools and the county council organising themselves to ensure children go to their closest school, within walking distance. Hey, that would get rid of all the traffic congestion too. But instead we send children to schools on the other side of the city. WitneyGreen
  • Score: 1

12:28pm Wed 3 Sep 14

JanetJ says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
WitneyGreen wrote:
"It is not easy to produce a healthy, affordable and varied pack lunch every day"

Yes it is. I fail to understand why parents can't ensure their children are 'well fed and ready to learn' as that is, one hopes, their responsibility as parents.
There is the third way...

Children who live close to their school can potentially go home for a nutricious lunch too. I certainly did, and many children at my old school still do.
Nice idea - happened in my mother's day but i don't expect your mum had to go out to work full time to pay the mortgage though.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WitneyGreen[/bold] wrote: "It is not easy to produce a healthy, affordable and varied pack lunch every day" Yes it is. I fail to understand why parents can't ensure their children are 'well fed and ready to learn' as that is, one hopes, their responsibility as parents.[/p][/quote]There is the third way... Children who live close to their school can potentially go home for a nutricious lunch too. I certainly did, and many children at my old school still do.[/p][/quote]Nice idea - happened in my mother's day but i don't expect your mum had to go out to work full time to pay the mortgage though. JanetJ
  • Score: 0
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