Parents of young children reminded of free meals deal

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 Parents whose child’s school does not use Nourish should speak to the school to sign up for meals.