MP'S GOT THE opportunity to see how much school dinners had improved since their time at school when the Local Authorities Caterers Association (LACA) served up lunch in the Houses on Parliament.
Sixty MP's and several peers were served a ‘real’ school food menu by dinner ladies, using a genuine school meal servery trolley.
The event was organised to help launch National School Meals Week (NSMW) which will take place in November, and was hosted by MP for City of Chester Stephen Mosley, who said: "It was fantastic to be able to give my fellow Parliamentarians the opportunity to see just how great school food really is. School lunches are the ideal opportunity for us to help improve children's achievements by providing a healthy and nutritionally balanced meal, and to look again at how we can combat childhood obesity."
As part of NSMW, LACA has been promoting The Great Free School Lunch; an initiative to encourage caterers and the government to work together to make free school meals for all a reality.
School meals have been the subject of hot debate in recent years, with celebrities such as Jamie Oliver taking up the cause for better nutrition in schools.
More recently the founders of restaurant chain Leon – Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent – have been commissioned by the Education Secretary Michael Gove to review school food. The pair recommended that all primary school children should be offered a free school meal to help tackle rising childhood obesity levels in the UK.
Stephen Mosley added, "The day was a huge success and I would like to thank LACA for all they do to promote great school lunches, and for showing MPs how healthy, tasty and excellent modern school meals can be."