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New Hot Meals Service Offered To Dorset Schools

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7:23am 20th September 2013

An organisation that brought hot meals back to Dorset Schools after 25 years, is backing the governments free meals scheme that rolls out next September.

The county was 1 of 3 in the UK that stopped serving hot lunches all together before they were re-introduced 7 years ago.

Local Food Links, who're based in Bridport, helped bring them back with a new service for local schools.

But as Chief Executive Caroline Morgan told Wessex FM, it wasn't easy getting Head teachers on side;

"We were starting from scratch and re-introducing hot meals back into school.  It was a real culture change. Schools really didn't remember how hot meals were done. We were having to persuade families that it really was a good thing to have a hot meal."

Food Links is now issuing Dorset schools with a Food Plan Checklist poster for the office or kitchen that offers healthy advice about hot meals. They hope it will encourage more schools to take on healthy hot meals when the dinner bell rings for change in September 2014.

"I am hoping that for Dorset children, a hot meal at lunchtime becomes their good habit. Because for most counties around the country where school meals never disappeared, they have a much higher take up than we do in Dorset, because it's part of their culture and embedded."

You can learn more about Bridport based Local Food Links here online http://localfoodlinksuk.wordpress.com/

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