But the overall uptake of school meals, at 47 per cent on census day in January, is down slightly. Local authorities claim some of the decrease is due to initial responses to new nutritional menus and teething problems with new cashless systems.
Chilled drinking water is now on tap for virtually all primary pupils and increasing numbers of secondary pupils, according to the latest school meals statistics. Free fruit is also on the menu for almost all P1 and P2 pupils.
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