Schools are urged to claim meat vouchers

Jennifer Robertson with QMS vouchers

Jennifer Robertson with QMS vouchers

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Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) are urging Scottish secondary schools to apply for their Meat Vouchers Scheme before the deadline of December 31.

The initiative, which has been running for four years, aims to help Scotland’s school pupils learn how to cook quick, tasty, healthy meals. Every secondary school in Scotland is eligible to apply for vouchers worth up to £100. These vouchers can then be exchanged by the school for top quality meat such as Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork at local retailers.

Developed in response to concerns that tight budgets mean many Scottish schools are unable to afford fresh, red meat products for cookery lessons, the scheme is a key component in QMS’s health and education work to ensure young people understand the role of red meat in a healthy, balanced diet.

Jennifer Robertson, a registered dietician and QMS’s Health and Education Coordinator, said: “We think it is really important to educate Scottish secondary school pupils, who are the consumers of the future, on the range of ingredients available to them as well as showing them how to cook simple, nutritious meals that need not cost the earth.

Home Economics teachers across Scotland should apply for their voucher before December 31. The vouchers are worth up to £100, depending on the number of pupils on the school roll, and are valid until mid-February 2015. Vouchers can be redeemed at independent retailers and butchers. To apply for vouchers visit the Health and Education pages on www.qmscotland.co.uk