Walsall Catering Service, the council’s own catering department, provides school meals in 64 schools across the borough.
Meals are cooked freshly every day by well trained staff, using high-quality ingredients. All menus comply with the Government’s new food and nutrient standards introduced to ensure children are guaranteed a tasty and nutritious meal.
School meals are now made using less sugar, salt and fat, with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit. They include a wide range of healthy options, and combine traditional favourite dishes such as roast dinners, with new and exciting ranges including chicken joe wraps.
A wider range of fresh fruit and vegetables are on offer with strawberries, grapes and melon a regular feature, alongside the staples of bananas, apples and oranges. Salad bars are now available in all primary and secondary schools.
Free School Meals
Are you entitled to Free School Meals? Your child will qualify for free school meals if they’re in full-time education and you receive one of the following benefits:
- Income support
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- The guarantee element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Working Tax Credit run-on- paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.
For every child eligible for free school meals the school will receive extra funding from the government. This will allow us to provide targeted support and provision to individual children who we know will benefit from additional provision.
Your child won’t qualify for free school meals if you’re receiving working tax credits and disabled working tax credits, except for the 4-week run-on paid after you’ve stopped qualifying for working tax credits.
Changes to Free School Meals from 1st April 2018
If your child is eligible to receive a free school meal at any time before March 2022, they will retain their eligibility until this date. If your child is still in education in March 2022, they will retain their eligibility until the end of their current phase of education, primary or secondary.
If you feel that you are entitled to free school meals, please complete the registration form and return it the main office as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can visit the Walsall Council website and apply online.