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Free school meals provide support to vulnerable families in the Republic of Ireland. Funding is allocated as part of an anti-poverty strategy. An investigation was carried out to discover if the school meal could be used to provide nutritious scratch-cooked food as well as providing opportunities for increased socialisation and pedagogy. Food affects students in a myriad of ways and schools are in a unique position to guide what and how young people eat. This article draws on data from an ethnographic study in an inner city Dublin school.
Darmody, M. (2021). A Kitchen At The Heart of a School–an Investigation into School Meals in the Republic of Ireland. Irish Educational Studies, published online: 26 May 2021. doi:10.1080/03323315.2021.1929393