An extension to the Hot School Meals Programme in 81 DEIS schools across the country was confirmed yesterday (Monday)
The schools being invited to participate are currently availing of the cold lunch option under the School Meals Programme.
In the Dundalk area, pupils at Scoil Eoin Baiste in Fatima are set to benefit from the programme.
“This €3 million investment, which I secured as part of the Budget, means we can significantly expand the programme to benefit up to 16,000 primary school pupils who were previously availing of the cold lunch option,” said Minister Heather Humphreys.
“Receiving a hot meal in the middle of the day is so important for nutrition but also for a child’s mental and physical wellbeing. It also leads to better educational outcomes and an improvement in the overall wellbeing of our children.
“As Minister, I am delighted to see this programme extended so that thousands more children and their families can benefit.”