From 1 September 2018 the price of a school meal is £1.85 per day.
This will not apply to children in Hedgehogs, Robins, Woodpeckers or Squirrels, Puffins classes as they will be given a free hot meal or packed lunch under the Government's Universal Infant Free School Meals initiative.
Is your child entitled to free school meals?
As school meals become healthier, Medway Council would like to increase the number of children receiving free school meals.
If you have children under 19 years of age and still in full time education, your child may be entitled to receive a free school meal if you receive either:
· Income Support;
· Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance;
· The guarantee element of State Pension Credit or support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts1999/ukpga_19990033_en_1.htm);
· Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
· Child Tax Credit (but are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and your annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) does not exceed £16,190.
Complete the application form for free school meals and send it to the Student Services Operations Team using the freepost address: RSBA-CYBG-SZSG. Proof of your benefit will not need to be provided at this stage, however, you will be informed if any proof of benefit is required at a later date.
Download the application for free school meals (pdf 565KB). To use this file you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have this on your computer, please use our advice page.
Application forms are also available from your child's school or from the council's Student Services Operations Team on 01634 331155.
Medway school meals now:
· meet the government food standards;
· offer more homemade dishes prepared and cooked in the school kitchen;
· contain plenty of red meat, fish and wholegrains;
· offer fresh fruit and vegetables everyday;
· contain reduced levels of hydrogenated fats, artificial colours and additives;
· use healthier cooking methods, such as steaming and grilling, to reduce the levels of fat and to minimise the loss of nutrients from foods;
· offer children a chance to try new foods and different tastes;
· allow children to learn important social skills in a good eating environment.
Find Chartwells' menus and prices for primary and secondary schools.
Please support the hard work being done to improve food in Medway schools by encouraging your child to try a new healthy school meal or by packing a healthy packed lunch.
For advice on packing healthy lunches, please visit: