Soaring school meal prices threaten to wreck 'Jamie effect' - News, Food & Drink - The Independent

Soaring school meal prices threaten to wreck 'Jamie effect' - News, Food & Drink - The Independent:

"The price of a school dinner has jumped 10 per cent this year, an Independent on Sunday investigation has found, sparking fears that the financial crisis and rampant food inflation could jeopardise the 'Jamie Oliver effect' of healthy eating for pupils.

A survey of more than 80 UK local education authorities has found that, after years of minimising rises in the cost of school meals, scores of town halls have been forced to impose increases of up to 16 per cent. The cost of a school dinner is now almost £2, with many parents having to pay an extra 50p a week to ensure their child gets a nutritious meal in the middle of the day."

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