Local primary schools chosen for Hot Meals pilot project

Three schools in the Shannonside region are among 36 nationally that have been selected for a Hot School Meals pilot project to start in September.

Mohill National School in Leitrim, St Joseph’s Convent National School in Longford town, St Anne’s Convent National School in Castlerea, and Eoin Naofa National School in Ballymore in Co Westmeath are all among the schools chosen.

The project began as a pilot at a school in Inchicore at the beginning of this year and research from that showed that children who benefit from a daily nutritious hot dinner have greater focus and better learning outcomes.

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Each school taking part in the project will be expected to provide a menu choice of at least two different meals a day per day plus a vegetarian or vegan choice, and an option that caters for student’s religious and cultural dietary requirements.

Orla Egan, principal of St Josephs in Longfords, says it’s wonderful boost for the school.