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School puts Big Macs on the menu
Big Mac
The school has had to buy in Big Macs on two occasions
A school in Kent has been feeding its pupils Big Macs because of staff shortages in its canteen.

Montgomery School at Sturry, near Canterbury, bought the burgers for 80 pupils from the local McDonald's half a mile away.

The move comes just weeks after the government announced a major campaign to tackle obesity in children, urging them to eat fruit and vegetables.

The school said it was not placing the children's health at risk.

Packed lunch

Montgomery School is a mixed secondary modern school with about 400 pupils.

The head teacher said the staff shortages meant the school had to buy in the Big Macs on Tuesday and would have to do the same on Friday.

He told the BBC in a statement: "Parents were offered the chance to bring in a packed lunch but many saw the offer as a treat for their children.

"I believe that this arrangement on two days out of 190 will not pose a health risk to any of the children."

He said the situation would not be continuing into next week.

Alison Purves of McDonald's said: "When eaten as part of a balanced diet and combined with an active lifestyle, then the McDonald's menu is absolutely fine."

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