Free School Meals for Key Stage 1 Children (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2)
All children in Reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England are eligible for free school meals.
Please inform school if you do not wish to receive this offer, otherwise your child will automatically be opted in to the free school meal.
The school meal service offers all primary and special schools with a multi choice menu.
School Meals for Key Stage 2 Children (Years 3, 4, 5, and 6)
School dinners are £2.00 per day payable weekly (£10 per week). Dinner money must be sent in to the school office in an envelope with your child's name and class clearly marked on it. Money should be sent in on the Monday for the following week.
Healthy Packed Lunches
At least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables every day.
Meat, fish or other source of non-dairy protein (eg lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, hummus, and falafel) every day.
Oily fish, such as salmon, at least once every three weeks.
A starchy food such as any type of bread, pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes or other type of cereals every day.
Dairy food such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais or custard everyday.
Only water, still or sparkling, fruit juice, semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, yoghurt or milk drinks and smoothies.
Packed lunches should have limited items such as:
Crisps - Instead, include seeds, vegetables and fruit (with no added salt, sugar or fat). Savoury crackers or breadsticks served with fruit, vegetables or diary food are also a good choice.
Confectionary such as chocolate bars, chocolate-coated biscuits and sweets are not encouraged at school. Please only allow your child to eat cakes and biscuits as part of a balanced meal.
Meat products such as sausage rolls, individual pies, corned meat and sausages/chipolatas should only be included occasionally.
Please click on the link below for some ideas.
Free School Meals
Parents do not have to pay for school lunches if they receive any of the following:?
• Income Support (IS)
• Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
• An income-related employment and support allowance
• Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• Child Tax Credit (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed the current year’s level
• The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
• Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finished, or after you start to work
- No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.
Please click on the link below to access Oldham Council's website 'Applying for Free School Meals' or call 0161 770 6688.