OVER 70 children at Listowel's Nano Nagle Primary School have become the latest pupils to avail of the Schools Meals Scheme, which sees the Department of Social Protection provide healthy lunches to the school every day, offering the pupils a choice of sandwiches, wraps and rolls and healthy snacks.
North Kerry Labour TD Arthur Spring visited the school to welcome them to the scheme, which has been a long time coming, explained principal Bridie Murphy.
"We've been looking to be part of this scheme for almost eight years, so we are absolutely thrilled," she said. "The scheme is worth over €18,000 per year and means that every child receives a light meal and drink here five days a week, free of charge."
Bridie explained that the scheme allows the children choose from a selection of lunch options, including wraps, rolls, sandwiches and bagels. They also get to choose from a selection of juices, water or milk and there's a treat such as a small muffin or rice cake for good measure.
"At the beginning of the year, parents choose what meals they want for their children and if they want to make a change they can even do it online," Bridie explained. "It's a great scheme and the children are delighted with it, as are we."