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Friday, 16th August 2019

Gaelscoil An Bhradáin Feasa included in hot meal project

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East Meath Conucillor Sharon Tolan who has welcomed the inclusion of Mornington's Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa in the Hot School Meals Pilot Project.

Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa in Mornington is among the 36 primary schools nationwide to be selected for the Hot School Meals Pilot Project, an initiative to provide a hot meal to primary school children on a pilot basis from September.

The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, T.D., introduced the scheme during Budget 2019, when she said that the initiative would be trialled in schools from September 2019. 

The pilot project announced yesterday will build on the experience of a proof-of-concept project which has been running at Our Lady of Lourdes National School in Goldenbridge, Inchicore, Dublin 8 since the beginning of the year.

During this initial trial, almost 250 pupils attending the school received a hot meal at lunchtime each day and the initiative has been well received. This school will continue in the scheme along with the 36 new schools that have been selected for the pilot project today.

Local Fine Gael Councillor, Sharon Tolan said today that she was delighted that Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa had been selected to take part in the pilot programme.

I look forward to hearing about the outcomes and results at the end of the year, and hopefully hearing of more schools being added to this scheme in the coming years” she said.

Minister Regina Doherty said “A hot school meal is not just about nutrition but it also guarantees a better education. The research out there shows us that children who benefit from a daily nutritious hot dinner have greater focus and better learning outcomes.

“I would like to thank all the schools who applied for the pilot – we had an enthusiastic response. I am delighted to be extending this pilot to the 36 schools announced today. They represent a good cross sample of schools and I look forward to the insights we gather from their experiences.”

The composition of schools selected for the pilot was made to ensure a proper variety of school sizes, a mixture of urban and rural and DEIS and non-DEIS Schools to ensure the best possible sample for the pilot. Funding will be provided to schools to source suppliers and families will not be asked for additional contributions towards the meals.

Each primary school participating in the pilot project will be expected to provide a menu choice of at least two different meals per day plus a Vegetarian/Vegan choice and an option that caters for students’ religious and cultural dietary requirements.

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