A backlash from parents has forced schools to make changes to their plans to give pupils vegetarian-only lunches.

Families complained about a lack of food choice for students after they said their children were hungry.  

One school has even introduced a meat option after some parents claimed their daughters were coming home “starving” and were going to McDonald’s because they did not want to eat their lunch. 

Meanwhile, other schools are now introducing more child-friendly vegetarian meals at lunchtime to appeal to pupils and reduce food waste after children were avoiding eating quinoa and courgettes.

Vegetarian schools are still a relatively rare phenomenon, especially in the state sector, but a growing number of new schools are opting for meat-free lunches to reduce their carbon footprint.

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