School Meals Service

school meals ready to be served

City Catering is our in-house caterer serving meals in schools and children centre's across the city.

Our fully-trained staff supply tasty homemade school meals to over 16,000 children in the city daily, encouraging customers to choose a balanced meal. Many schools also offer a breakfast and break service.

Providing food which children want to eat is easy but we would be failing if we did not make sure that this food meets their present and future health needs. City Catering has been making changes to give children the best possible food choices during the school day in line with present legislation for both food standards and nutrient guidelines.

City Catering is delighted to announce they have been awarded the ‘Food For Life Silver’ Catering Award in those schools where the catering is provided by City Catering, across Primary, Special and Nursery Schools.

Achieving this award is recognition that the meals we provide are Healthy, Nutritious, and at least 75% home cooked. There are many other criteria which we have successfully met in achieving this award, Our Meat is Farm Assured, Eggs are free range and Fish is from Sustainable Stocks.

Our meals are good quality, Healthy and Ethically Sourced- Customers don't have to take our word for it, they can now see what we have all achieved with this nationally-recognised quality standard.

We are also very proud of the service that we provide - our take-up of meals is higher than the national average which is mainly due to the commitment and passion of our staff.

We spend more than the Government recommends on our ingredients, giving your child better value on their plate.

We've reduced the number of 'bought in' products and we carefully monitor this number - we have no novelty-shaped, processed items on our menus.

  • We make home-made dishes daily
  • Our recipes have reduced fat, sugar and salt content
  • We make sure there are fruit and vegetables daily
  • Many items on our menus are oven baked rather than fried
  • We provide water, milk, milkshakes and pure fruit juice daily

Free School Meals 

Is your child entitled to a Free School Meal?

  • All primary aged children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a Free School Meal under the Universal Infant Free School Meal legislation.

Working out what you are entitled to can be difficult as there are a number of rules.

You can ring us on 01782 236813 and we can talk to you about your circumstances and guide you through the process. All queries are confidential.

You may be entitled to Free School Meals for your family if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support;
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance;
  • Income-based Employment & Support Allowance;
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (but not if you also get Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income under £16,190; or
  • If you are an asylum seeker supported by the UKBA under Part VI of the Nationality and Asylum Act 1999.

Please note that couples are assessed jointly.

For more details you can:

  • Contact your child's school; or
  • Phone the Free School Meals Team on: 01782 236813 (Minicom for the hearing impaired 01782 232331). 



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