A NEW school lunch menu is to be launched in Wrexham next week to further improve the nutritional quality of the food children are eating.
The menu has been designed specifically with children in mind in conjunction with a dietician.
Significant improvements have been made in reducing levels of fat, sugar, salt and additives while increasing the vitamin and mineral content of the meals.
All children will be served quality Welsh beef and lamb, much of which will have been reared in North Wales.
Pork will be sourced from accredited UK quality suppliers and locally manufactured sausages and beefburgers will be available with a higher meat content.
Wrexham County Borough Council says it is committed to using as many local suppliers as possible to support businesses in the area.
Dozens of fully qualified kitchen staff have been trained to ensure children attending Wrexham schools have the option to enjoy healthy meals.
Hywyn Williams, chief learning and achievement officer, said: 'School meals help youngsters to develop tastes for different foods. Very often children will try something because their friends are eating it too, and it's a great way to encourage them to vary their diet.'
Lead member for children and young people, Councillor Arwel Jones, said: 'Research shows that a healthy, balanced diet improves concentration levels that in turn can help pupils achieve better results in their education.'