Lunch Menu 2023-2024
We have children in school with serious nut allergies. We try, as far as possible, to be a 'nut free school'. Please do not send your child with a lunch box or snack which contains nuts i.e. Nutella treat bars, peanut butter sandwiches etc.
EVOLVE - Dinner Ordering and Payment
Children may bring a packed lunch to school or have a freshly prepared lunch from the school kitchen. If your child requires a school lunch then it MUST be ordered in advance, by 8.45 am, using 'EVOLVE' our dinner ordering and payment system. If your child is entitled to a free meal then no payment will be required BUT the meal must still be chosen and ordered in advance.
You will require an activation code (available from the school office) and you will need to set up an account. Please see below for instructions:
Universal Infant Free School Meals
Since September 2014, all children in Reception, year 1 and year 2 in England are eligible for a Universal Infant Free School Meal.
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 are in receipt of certain benefits. To check whether your child is eligible and/or to make a claim please call in at The Life Centre, Wigan or complete the online form, https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Benefit-Grants/Free-school-meals.aspx
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.
If you require help with completing any 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.
Local Kitchen Allergen Policy
'Local Kitchen' (previously known as 'Metrofresh') operate our school kitchen and cook our school meals
There are 14 major allergens which need to be declared. If your child is allergic to any of them please inform school and update Evolve in settings > allergies (to eliminate any meals containing the allergen from being offered) :
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 menu items may contains nuts, seeds and other allergens.
We understand the dangers to those with severe allergies or food intolerances
If this applies to you, please ask to speak to the Duty Manager / Supervisor who may be able to help you make an alternative choice.
Owing to the nature of our operation food is prepared in an environment where allergens are present therefore, we cannot fully guarantee that any food or drinks will be completely free from Allergens.
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.
Please update EVOLVE with your child's allergies (settings>allergies), this will remove any food choices which contain the allergens. Please also inform the school office, so that your child's pupil records can be updated.
St Jude's Magic Breakfast
Since Autumn 2018, St Jude's have been working in partnership with Family Action and Magic Breakfast to participate in the National School Breakfast Programme.
Research has shown that children who have a healthy breakfast
achieve more at school – make sure your child doesn’t miss out!
Each morning we will be serving 'grab and go' breakfast bagels at the entrance to school. All children are welcome to help themselves to a bagel chunk to be eaten on their way around to the classroom.
Prior to school holiday breaks, Magic Breakfast provide school with cereal to be distributed to ensure no child goes without breakfast during the school closure.
Open to all children, and it’s totally free!