Butchers take school lunches by Storm

A healthy eating supply partnership between award-winning Wilsons Butchers in Crossgates, Leeds, and the city's Templenewsam Halton Primary School is going down a real treat among pupils.

The roll call for meals has more than doubled since the initiative was first introduced for last year's autumn term.

A spokesman for Wilsons said when the school used to serve up cook-freeze meals, only around 100 of the 422 stay-all-day pupils sat down to lunch. Now, since Wilsons Butchers began supplying prime quality meat to the school, the figure has soared to an average of 240 daytime diners - peaking at 341 for a Christmas turkey lunch last year.

Wilsons, voted England's best butcher's shop 2005, is run by brothers Andrew and John Green and the Austhorpe Road shop is now supplying Templenewsam Halton Primary School with a range of meat products, all sourced from local producers.

Partner Andrew Green said: "This gives us hands-on control over the entire supply process, ensuring quality and full traceability."

He added: "Here at Wilsons, we firmly believe that educating our young people about healthy eating needs to become intrinsic, so that when they leave school they have the knowledge to buy and cook healthy food."

Head teacher, Kay Crellin, said: "The children are loving it and we have experienced a significant uptake on school meals as a direct result. They are eating fresh, healthier food - and enjoying it much more."

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