South Ayrshire Council praised by Scottish Government for free school meal boxes

6 May, 2020

Status For immediate release

Thanks to the commitment of employee volunteers, South Ayrshire Council continues to deliver food to young people who are eligible for free school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-9) outbreak.

Daily deliveries of lunch bags have been replaced by a weekly food box, providing enough food to make breakfast and lunch for a young person for a week. The contents of the boxes vary from week to week, depending on stock availability, but usually contain bread; milk; cereal; fresh fruit; and ingredients to make soup. To date, over 11,000 food boxes have been delivered to eligible children across South Ayrshire.

The Scottish Government has praised the approach, particularly with reference to the content of the boxes.

There are currently seven production kitchens operating in schools across South Ayrshire, where boxes are packed by catering staff, and delivered by a team of volunteer drivers on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Last week, dental packs and sanitary products were provided in each box. South Ayrshire Council’s Active Schools Team provided an activity diary for families, alongside information from Better Health Hubs from our Health Improvement Team.

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