Parents of young children reminded of free meals deal

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Parents of young children are being encouraged to sign up for free school meals.

Under the new Universal Infant Free School Meals legislation all pupils in reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in Northamptonshire can receive a free hot lunch at school from September.

Northamptonshire County Council’s school meal service Nourish provides meals in 176 of the county’s 244 primary schools, and parents with a child at one of these schools can activate a ParentPay account to order their child’s meal online.

Cllr Robin Brown, county council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “This programme is a fantastic opportunity for children in Key Stage 1 to benefit from a free nutritious, healthy lunch at school.”

Parents whose children start school in September will receive an activation letter when the new term begins. To activate a ParentPay account and order school meals online with the letter, visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/schoolmeals. Parents whose child’s school does not use Nourish should speak to the school to sign up for meals.