Aberdeen council backs plan to extend free meals for children during school holidays

A project providing free meals to Aberdeen school children during the holidays has been given unanimous approval by councillors.

Aberdeen City Council is looking to expand the scheme next year – providing funding can be found in its budget process in March.

The project could supply 10,000 school dinners in the next school year at an expected cost of around £35,000.

A report that went before councillors said the average cost per meal was £3.66, which included the cost of food, cooking and cleaning and janitorial costs.

A pilot project was launched last year where meals were given to families most in need during the Easter and summer holidays in Torry, Woodside and Cummings Park.

As with the pilot, children registered for free school meals will be able to participate.

The council is also looking to work with partners on the project, including Community Food Initiative North East (CFINE).

Members of the local authority’s finance committee unanimously approve the proposals, adding a condition that a report comes back on the operation of the scheme.