CHILDREN across Sunderland are already ahead of the game when it comes to school meals.
This week, the Government announced a shake-up to make school meals healthier for youngsters, but most of the recommendations are already in place on Wearside.
The school food plan, which will be mandatory from January next year, states at least one portion of vegetables each day, different fruits and three different vegetables each week, an emphasis on wholegrain foods, drinking water and no more than two portions of fried food and pastry each week.
Coun Michael Morday, portfolio holder for city services with Sunderland City Council, said: “We have a long-standing commitment to providing healthy meals to children in our schools, and all our school meal menus meet the existing national nutritional standards for school food.
“The menus have been developed to meet the preferences of our children and are focused on a variety of traditional, tasty and nutritious meals that are low in fat, salt and sugar, and are produced using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients by a team of highly skilled and dedicated school cooks.
“In addition, children have access to a wide range of vegetables, salad and fruit on a daily basis.
“We are confident that we already meet most of the proposed new food regulations and welcome any new initiative which supports the city-wide school and community agenda, to promote healthy eating and physical activity.”