Row as Nercwys school plans 'MacDonalds' lunch


Robert Doman

FLINTSHIRE Council has come under-fire over a school’s decision to hold a ‘MacDonalds’ themed school lunch for young pupils.

Nercwys Primary School announced to parents it would be laying on the fast food chain-themed lunch for children today as part of a World Cup menu drawn up by the local authority’s catering service.

The menu coincides with the World Cup taking place in Brazil.

But the school headteacher admitted its lunch –  purposefully spelt differently from the global McDonald’s brand name – has drawn complaints from parents worried their children are being encouraged to eat unhealthy food.

The menu for the lunch, which was due to be held at the school today, could be changed over their concerns and the event could even be cancelled completely.

Flintshire Council has apologised, saying it regretted “any misunderstanding”.

The council said the menu on offer for the day consists of items including chicken strips and a salad wrap.

Nercwys Primary School headteacher Janet Meaden told the Leader: “Two parents have complained to us about this and I have forwarded their concerns to Flintshire Council. I don’t know if it will go ahead now because of those complaints.”

Mrs Meaden said MacDonalds had been spelt differently from that of the fast-food retailer to avoid any direct clash.

She also confirmed the school’s meals are all planned, served and provided by Flintshire Council.

The authority has said it is committed to providing “healthy, sustainable school meals”.

Ian Budd, the council’s chief officer for education and youth, said: “Regrettably there has been a misunderstanding regarding a ‘school meals theme day’.

“As part of the ongoing promotion of healthy meals, catering team staff are encouraged to work with their schools to create bespoke menus designed to increase the take-up of school meals. These ‘theme days’ often focus on sporting events, history and heritage.

“The World Cup menu has been designed to appeal to pupils as it is similar to ‘healthy options’ that are readily available on the high street. On the menu are a chicken strip and salad wraps, accompanied by fruit bags with a homemade oaty cookie and a drink. We can only apologise for any misunderstanding that has occurred.”

A McDonald’s spokesman said the company had no affiliation to the event.

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