Roast dinner and sponge pudding voted school children's favourite meal

09 November 2009 by
Roast dinner and sponge pudding voted school children's favourite meal

Roast dinner followed by sponge pudding with custard is the nation's favourite school meal, research has revealed.

The online poll of 3,000 people was conducted by the Local Authority Caterers Association (LACA) to mark today's launch of the 2009 National School Meals Week (NSMW).

This year's NSMW will see 90 school meals caterers taking part, which, between them, cater for 16,000 primary and secondary schools.

The Week's activities operate through its own website, which is aimed at school caterers and primary school head teachers, teachers, governors, parents and pupils.

Each day will feature different themes and events for primary and secondary schools. On Tuesday, pupils can go online and learn basic cooking skills by watching demonstrations by Debbie Mumford, LACA's School Chef of the Year 2009, and on Friday, they can make thank you cards as a means of acknowledging the great work of their school caterers.

Secondary students can get active online on Wednesday and watch former athlete Colin Jackson demonstrate a wide range of exercises they can do both at home and at school.

Judy Hargadon, chief executive of the School Food Trust, which is supporting NSMW, said: "With new nutritional standards now in force in all schools, National School Meals Week is a chance to highlight the hard work being put in to ensure that all children have access to healthy, well-balanced food at school."

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By Daniel Thomas

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