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School Dinners - City Catering

photograph of vegetable potato crisp school dinner
photograph of vegetable potato crisp school dinner

 

Pictured is vegetable potato crisp, it is served with herby bread and salad. it appears on our primary menu Thursday of week 4.

Find out about lunch-time meals in Leicester schools, the following information answers many frequently asked questions regarding school dinners.

If you would like any further information please contact our help desk on 01164545060 or email jane.kingscott@leicester.gov.uk

 

Universal Infant Free School Meals

As part of the government's plan, from the beginning of September 2014 every state maintained school in England will need to provide a free school meal for all pupils in reception, year 1 and 2.

This follows a recommendation in the school food plan, an independent review published in July 2013, which aims to bring about a significant increase in the number of children eating good food in schools. This initiative is a major reform, which will have a positive impact on children.

City Catering are currently working with schools to assess and plan the individual needs for each site, example whether extra seating is needed, and is there room or is additional cooking equipment required. Many of our unit catering managers have already had meetings with their schools and some are planning a "trial run" next term to see how the additional number of school dinners impacts the lunchtime period.

 

How much do school meals cost?

A two course school meal costs just £1.75 for a primary pupil and £2.05 for a secondary pupil. Why not ensure your child has a healthy, nutritious two course school dinner.

 

If you think your child might be entitled to free school meals contact the council on 0116 454 1009 for more information or visit: free school meals



Primary Menu's

Our 4 week primary menu has an excellent variety of traditional favourites and new dishes.

Email: jane.kingscott@leicester.gov.uk for a copy of the menu from your child's school.



How do I pay for my child's meal?

You can pay for your child’s meal by cash or cheque. Please contact your child’s school for more information.  If you think your child might be entitled to free school meals contact the council on 0116 454 1009 for more information or visit: free school meals

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Is my child entitled to free school milk? 

If you think your child may be entitled to free school milk, contact the council on 0116 373 7451. 



Is my child entitled to free school meals? 

If you think your child may be entitled to free school dinners, contact the council on 0116 454 1009 or email education.fsm@leicester.gov.uk or visit free school meals.

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There is not a kitchen at my child's school. How does this affect their school dinner?

If there is not a kitchen at your child’s school, don’t worry. Your child’s meal will be freshly prepared at another city school and delivered hot and ready to eat.



My child is allergic to egg / wheat / dairy products – Can he / she still stay for a school dinner?

Yes, your child can still have a school dinner. We would ask that you or your child ’s dietician contact City Catering with your child’s medical referral. We can then arrange for an appropriate menu for your child. For more information contact City Catering on 0116 233 3038.

Please see below for a copy of the medical referral form.

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Securing Halal compliance

Following recent national and local concerns about food adulteration the city council is committed to regular DNA testing into the future and is working with representatives of the Federation of Muslim Organisation and Muslim Parents Association of Leicester to review:

  • Tender specifications

  • certification options

  • Operating procedures
  • Menu ingredients.

 

Minutes of the working group will be posted here and will also be available via the above organisations.



Gluten Free!

From January 2012 the rules on making claims about gluten free in food is changing.

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What is City Catering's policy on nut allergies?

We do not knowingly use any nut products or products derived from nuts in our kitchens. However we cannot guarantee that our food is free from nut products. If your child does suffer from a nut allergy please contact City Catering on 0116 233 3038 and our dietician can create an appropriate menu.



Can my child's school provide multicultural meals?

Yes, City Catering offers meals to suit cultural requirements. We have an Asian vegetarian menu  a halal menu, and an interim halal menu.  For more information contact the catering team on 0116 233 3038.

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Can my child's school provide a vegetarian meal?

Yes, a healthy and tasty vegetarian option is available at each city school on a daily basis, our primary menus are based on 2 meat and 2 vegetarian dishes.



Why does my child's school have to follow the new government guidelines? 

The government has set out strict guidelines that all councils must now follow when preparing food for children. Leicester City Council follows these guidelines strictly and by doing so provides city children with a healthy tasty meal each school day. 

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