The school meals scheme is set to continue from next week, despite all schools remaining closed.
The programme funds food services for disadvantaged children; more than 1,500 schools and organisations take part.
However, serious concerns had been raised about how it would be able to operate while all schools remain closed until at least April 19th.
Schools have also been given updated guidance to allow them continue to operate the programme despite the ongoing restrictions.
One of Ireland’s largest school meal providers is Freshtoday. Its CEO, Ray Nangle says “We have had calls from schools across the country desperately seeking food for students in dire need,” and adds “We will be working tirelessly to ensure that a weeks’ supply of goods will be delivered to Deis schools for distribution."
"This will alleviate not only financial difficulties, but also help in restricting shopping times and community exposure.”
Article updated 26/03, to include Ray Nangle quote.
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