Universal Infant Free School Meals
From September 2014, all children in Reception, year 1 and year 2 in England will be eligible for Universal Infant Free School Meals as part of the government’s new initiative.
School meals will give your child a real appetite for learning and help them to achieve their full potential. They can enjoy delicious, healthy meals without the bills and the fuss of making packed lunches.
There is nothing healthier for your child and your family’s budget than free school meals.
All our meals meet nutritional standards and our professional cooks prepare the meals for your child; it saves you having to worry about the effort and expense of making packed lunches every day.
Free School Meals
Free school meals are provided for children whose parents get any of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers’ Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- The guaranteed part of Pension Credit
- Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
- Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit, and whose income (as assessed by the Inland Revenue) is £16,190 or less a year.
At St Jude's Primary School we use a cashless dinner system to record who has a school dinner. This means nobody knows who has a free or paid meal.
Your child does not have to have school dinners but if you register they could still be entitled to other benefits such as free milk, school uniform allowance, music lessons etc.
There are several ways you can claim for free school meals.
You can either:
- Call the Customer Care Team on 01942 828644
- Make a claim online via https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Benefit-Grants/Free-school-meals.aspx
- In person at any Life Centre Location
If you require help with completing the forms, need to use our telephone or you do not have access to the internet please speak to the school office in confidence and we will only be too happy to help you.
Food allergens can be life threatening. If your child has a food allergy the only way we can manage it is to avoid the foods that make them ill.
There are 14 major allergens which need to be declared:
Cereals containing gluten namely wheat (such as spelt and Khorasan wheat), barley, rye and oats
Crustaceans like prawns, crabs, lobster and crayfish etc.
Nuts namely almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecan nuts, Brazil nuts, pistachio, cashew or Macadamia
Sulphur dioxide / sulphites (where added and is >10mg/kg in the finished product. Often found in dried fruit )
Molluscs like clams, scallops, squid, mussels, oysters and snails etc.
Allergies and Food Intolerances at School
Some of our lunch menu items may contain nuts, seeds and other allergens.
We understand the dangers to those with severe allergies or food intolerances.
If this applies to your child, please speak to a member of the school catering team who may be able to help you make an alternative choice.