Parents in West Norfolk will save millions of pounds when free school meals are served for the first time in borough primary schools next month, the government has claimed.
More than 22,000 children aged between four and seven will be eligible for the lunches across the county when the new term begins.
And ministers say the initiative will save their parents up to £8.9 million, around £400 per child per year.
Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, who is spearheading the new initiative, said: “Free school meals for infants will not only save families hundreds of pounds a year but will also have an impact on how a child performs in the classroom so that, regardless of their background, every child can have the best possible start in life.
“This is one of the most progressive changes to our school system for a long time.
“My goal is to create a level playing field for all of our children so their success will be determined by their talents and efforts alone and not by their parents’ bank balance.”
Officials also believethe scheme could help to tackle childhood obesity.