One warm food option each day for all children at St Peter's School Scarborough

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One warm food option each day for all children at St Peter's School Scarborough

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Stephen Harwood started this petition to Mr Andrew Krlic (headteacher) and

The UK government provides funding to provide every child in reception, year 1 and year 2 with a hot, nutritious meal at lunch time. Many Scarborough schools are still providing their children with hot meals this year. With winter coming can we please have warm lunch options at St Peter's?

According to School Food Matters a poor diet has significant effects on children's behaviour, concentration and mood. Children with diets lacking in essential vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids tend to perform worse academically, cannot concentrate and are more aggressive. Research* has shown that healthy school meals significantly improved educational outcomes and led to a 15% reduction in absenteeism due to sickness. Recently, another study** from Finland shows that a healthy diet (rich in vegetables, fruit, berries, whole grain, fish and unsaturated fats, and low in sugary products) is associated with better reading skills in the first three school years.

A warm nutritious meal provided to our children should be an important part of any school learning environment.

* Healthy School Meals and Educational Outcomes: Institute for Social and Economic Research (2009)

** Diet Quality and Academic Achievement: A prospective study among primary school children. Haappala E et al. (2016).

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