Free meals ready to be served in infant schools
2 September 2014 Last updated at 15:40 BST
Pupils up to the age of seven in England will be entitled to a free hot school lunch from this week, when most schools re-open for the new term.
Education Minister David Laws told BBC News he expected some 15,200 primary schools - or 98% of the total - to be ready to provide the meals.
But the Local Government Association has warned that councils face a £25m shortfall in funding for the scheme.
John Maguire reports.