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Parents have say on school meals
Jamie Oliver serving some children
Jamie Oliver's campaigning secured 280m of funding for school meals
An infant school in Kent has been asking parents to help find the right recipe for its school dinners' menu.

St James' Infant School, in Tunbridge Wells, has recently seen the number of children eating school dinners drop from more than 120 to around 80.

TV chef Jamie Oliver's campaign for better food in the canteen was making parents think twice, the school said.

So they were invited into the school over the past five days to share a meal with their children and offer feedback.

"We wanted parents to be able to make their own judgement and make an informed decision on the school meals," said head teacher Dan Turvey.

Nutrition needed

"We were getting lots of questions about the quality of meals and we felt this was the best way to answer them.

"We want to get a better idea of what their thoughts are and whether they like the dinners that we're serving or not.

"From that we'll be able to make choices about the sorts of meals that we're providing."

The menu has included pizza, pasta, chicken, peas and beans, all of it freshly cooked.

Some parents felt there was not enough nutrition in the food, but others were pleased to see salad, fruit and vegetables on offer.

A spokesman for Kent County Council said their supplier, Initial Catering Services, was already complying with guidelines for school dinners which become mandatory from September 2006.

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