As they return to school, thousands of students are set to benefit from a free hot school meal as a leading school meal provider, Pasta King, is donating more than 60,000 to schools across the country.

Pasta King has been producing hot meals for children and young adults for more than 25 years and this announcement underpins their continued commitment to ensuring children enjoy a hot meal for lunch, as research shows that a nutritional lunch can improve academic performance during afternoon classes.

We have seen huge changes in the last year in school meal provision with schools closing, packed lunches being brought in and even meal boxes for use at home, however research shows that the most effective way of feeding children in the middle of the day, to help improve academic performance, is by having a hot meal.  We want to ensure that hot meals are quite literally back on the table for children returning to school and so we are offering tens of thousands of free meals to schools.

They can use these meals to help with their free school meal provision or for school clubs that are still able to meet or for some other purpose within their local communities. We shall leave those decisions up to the schools.

Mark Stone |Pasta King CEO

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The 60,000 free meals will be flavoured with Pasta King’s two most popular varieties, pomodoro and basilico and will be provided to schools together with their usual orders for Pasta King sauces, rice and pasta. The scheme is available to all schools across England, Scotland and Wales and will run from 8th March to 2nd April.