The demand for free school meals surges

Big appetite for free school meals
Big appetite for free school meals

The Scottish Government’s free school meal initiative has taken off in East Dunbartonshire - with 78 per cent of P1-3 pupils enjoying a free lunch.

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

Council chiefs have hired new staff, bought new equipment and increased orders from suppliers to deal with expected demand.

Before the changes, around 300 children were eligible for a free school meal but this figure rocketed to almost 3,000 when the new initiative came into force.

Councillor Ashay Ghai, convener of neighbourhood services, said: “We are very pleased that there has been such appetite for the new initiative in East Dunbartonshire schools.”