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15/11/2011 - Allerdale - Food glorious food...School dinners back on the menu!

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Hundreds of school children around the county are now dining in style and enjoying freshly prepared hot and healthy school meals.

Cumbria County Council have worked with 38 schools to help refurbish and revamp their school kitchens and dining halls to bring them up to date with new equipment and furniture. And five schools have installed brand new kitchens meaning that they can make up and serve their own hot dinners for the very first time.

The county council had set aside just over £1m in grants for the programme to encourage healthy eating and improve the uptake of school meals. It was based on 50:50 funding coming from the schools and from the grant and included relatively small projects as well as contributions to much larger schemes.

Councillor Stewart Young, Cumbria County Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for resources, said: "School meals are an important part of a child’s day. We know that children are a lot more alert in the afternoon after eating a hot and healthy meal so it’s great news that we’ve been able to support so many schools around the county to transform their kitchens and dining halls into modern, bright and cheerful places."

The following projects in Allerdale have been supported:

Beckstone Primary (new servery facility to enable school to serve meals in a safer and brighter facility directly off the main hall) Bridekirk Dovenby CE School (contribution towards upgrading kitchen equipment and dining hall furniture) Cockermouth School (installing a cashless paying system) Dearham (contribution towards upgrading dining furniture) Ewanrigg Junior School (contribution towards upgraded kitchen equipment) Ellenborough and Ewanrigg Infant School (New servery enabling serving of meals directly to the hall) Holme St Cuthbert School (upgraded dining hall and kitchen) Ireby – (brand new kitchen) Keswick School (installing a cashless paying system) Plumbland (brand new kitchen) Richmond Hill (kitchen upgraded) St Joseph’s Catholic High School (kitchen enlarged) Southfield Technology College (installing a cashless paying system) Threlkeld School (upgraded dining hall and kitchen.

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