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Whissendine CE Primary School

School Meals

School Lunches

A nourishing, well balanced two course meal is served which is cooked on our school site daily. Children have a choice of main courses and dessert. Hot lunches can be ordered in advance for the days they are required. It is not an either or option, Families can choose to have only hot meals or mix and match with school packed lunches or those bought from home. 


Our caterers are Love Food School Catering, the company is owned and run by Jacqui Kilkerr and Mandy Love.

There is a wide variety of choice for your child to choose from. All meals are prepared from raw produce daily, with the focus on it being fresh, healthy and substantial. Specific guidelines for menus with nutritional calculations and daily requirements are adhered to ad per government guidelines.

Children whose parents do not wish them to have a school meal may bring a packed lunch, which will be eaten in the dining hall. 



In England and Wales, schools must provide a free midday meal to very child in Key Stage 1 as well pupils whose parents receive income-based job seekers allowance or income support, or if they are receiving support as asylum seekers. We will also provide a free meal if a pupil's parent receives Child Tax Credit and their income is below a certain level or if they get the guarantee part of Pension Credit (this must be applied for online, please see the office for further details).



We encourage all children to bring an unbreakable water bottle to keep them refreshed throughout the day which can be topped up in the class rooms or at the water fountain. Please do not send fizzy drinks.  Milk is available for children until the term after they have reached their fifth birthday.


Dietary Requirements

If your child requires a special menu, please contact us at and we will send you a form to fill out.


If you have any queries regarding your child’s school meals, then please do contact Love Food Directly:
Mandy Love 07789103884



Please see the attached documents for more details.




Eligibility criteria for free school meals


Section 512 of the Education Act 1996, as amended, places a duty on maintained schools, academies and free schools to provide free school meals to pupils of all ages that meet the criteria. 


Who is eligible for free school meals?


Free school meals are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:


  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit 


From 1 April 2018, all existing free school meals claimants will continue to receive free school meals whilst Universal Credit is rolled out. This will apply even if their earnings rise above the new threshold during that time. 


  • In addition, any child gaining eligibility for free school meals after 1 April 2018 will be protected against losing free school meals during the Universal Credit rollout period. 
  • Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, any existing claimants that no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point (because they are earning above the threshold or are no longer a recipient of Universal Credit) will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education (i.e. primary or secondary).


The Universal Credit rollout is currently expected to complete in March 2022.


A pupil is only eligible to receive a free school meal when a claim for the meal has been made on their behalf, and their eligibility has been verified by the school where they are enrolled or by the local authority. 


If you think your child may be eligible to receive free school meals please ask the school office to check your eligibility.  Forms are available from the office and may be downloaded from this website.


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