Free school meal success

The Scottish Government’s free school meal initiative has been a huge success in East Dunbartonshire, with 78 per cent of P1-3 pupils now tucking in to a free lunch.

Since January, all P1-3 children have been entitled to free school meals.

To implement the scheme East Dunbartonshire Council hired new staff, bought new equipment and increased orders from suppliers. Before the changes, around 300 children were eligible for a free school meal but this rocketed to almost 3,000 .