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Prue Leith backs universal free school meals in interview

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Prue Leith
18 Nov 2019
In an interview with the Sunday Times, healthy eating champion and star of TV’s Bake Off, Prue Leith, says she would like to see free school meals for all children alongside a ban on packed lunches.

She told interviewer Sian Griffiths: “If the government was brave enough to say this is a free lunch, everyone has to sit down and have a healthy, two-course meal, and no one will be allowed to bring a packed lunch into school, it would work wonders.”

Prue was recently appointed as an ambassador for the hospital food review, which is currently being carried, and she will be the keynote speaker on Wednesday, November 20th at the Public Sector Catering Expo, which starts tomorrow at the Telford International Centre.

In her Sunday Times interview, Prue says she would also like to see schools offer free vegetarian meals to children twice a week ‘to save the planet’ and cut obesity.

She said the idea came from Chefs in Schools, a charity she supports, which makes vegetarian meals for schools on at least two days a week. She wants the scheme to be introduced more widely.