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School Tells Parents 'No More Packed Lunches'

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7:01am 18th July 2014

A Cornish school has told some children they can not have packed lunches.

St Mary's Catholic Primary in Bodmin has sent letters home to parents of five to seven year olds.

It says they should all have free school meals being brought in by the government.

Some parents say children ought to be given the choice.

One told Pirate FM: "There will be children who don't want to eat the food that's provided. I don't really know what they're going to do if they don't eat."

But headteacher Mark Storey has told Pirate FM they only made the decision after careful thought: "We sent a letter out asking them to tell us what their favourite meals were, what their favourite desserts were.

"We also asked our children to keep a food diary for a week. So we gathered a lot of information from the children and the parents.

"We want to get them all onboard to enjoy a nutritious meal at lunchtime.

"From a practical point of view, once we start saying 'You don't have to come in, you don't have to join in' we didn't think that would meet our aspirations."

7:01am 18th July 2014

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