School meals

Our school meals service

A healthy diet is important. Our school lunch service provides nutritious and affordable meals. A few of the benefits include:

  • meals follow national nutritional standards
  • varied and interesting menus
  • special dietary requirements catered for
  • freshly cooked wholesome food
  • vegetarian option

We provide healthy balanced meals because they:

  • improve young people’s concentration and performance in school
  • promote health, growth and development
  • increase resistance to illness
  • introduce good habits for later life
  • are freshly prepared food

Our fully trained staff source all food from quality suppliers and prepare it on the day of serving in hygienic surroundings.

View your school's menu, visit Autographfood and search for your school's menu.

Or you can contact your school directly or visit the schools website.

Value for money

Our meals offer excellent value for money. We follow the government’s primary nutritional guidelines.

H&F is working with primary schools to offer universal free breakfasts to school pupils to help local families combat food insecurity. It will also be the first in England and Wales to launch a pilot scheme to deliver free lunches in two secondary schools. Read the press release: More free school meals in our war on food poverty

Menu planning

When planning menus and recipes, we use a range of foods to encourage healthy eating:

  • fibre and starchy foods like bread, pasta, rice and cereals
  • fruit and vegetables, providing vitamins, minerals and fibre
  • protein through fish, meat, beans and pulses
  • calcium for bone development in milk and dairy products
  • semi-skimmed milk to reduce saturated fats.

Getting the balance right

The best model for learning about healthy eating is The Eatwell plate model. It makes healthy eating easier to understand by showing the types and proportions of foods which make up a nutritious and well balanced diet. Using this as a guide can help children learn that to meet our nutritional needs we need to select a variety of foods from all of the five food groups.

Initiatives

Breakfast Clubs run in a number of schools, mostly with the help of sponsorship from local organisations, such as Chelsea Football Club.

The National School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme provides a free piece of fruit or vegetable to every four to six-year-old in our primary schools.

Free school meals

These are available for pupils whose parents/carers receive certain benefits. If you think your child may be eligible for free school meals please see our student benefits and grants page.

Student benefits and grants and free school meals

Contact us

For further information about school meals please email schoolmeals@lbhf.gov.uk

For information about free school meals contact benefits@lbhf.gov.uk

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