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Bridport Business Expands Thanks To School Meals Roll Out

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8:27am 2nd July 2014

A Bridport food business is expanding off the back of Nick Clegg's Free School Meals Programme.

Local Food Links, have told us they're set to double the amount of business they do, due to the national rollout set for September.

Dorset Schools are having to transform kitchens and look at new lunch rotas and some have complained the government isn't helping enough.

Chief Executive of Bridport based Local Food Links Caroline Morgan hopes it'll push a culture change.

"Dorset is a bit of a special case when it comes to School meals, and that's because we lost hot school meals all together for about 20 years and there were only a couple of counties where that happened.

If we have lots of children eating a really good meal together it will form a really positive habit for the future."

Local Food Links have taken on 3 new Schools for the new academic year and have a new hub kitchen to cope with demand.

Caroline told us, she thinks it the Deputy PM's Free School Meals Programme Could go even further too:

"It will be really interesting to see what knock on effect it has, so if a family have 1 or 2 children in key stage 1, and they have other children higher up the School, will they decide we're going to pay for a hot meal for the older child as well. It'll be fantastic for all of those children to sit down together and socially enjoy a meal."

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