Update on school meal prices
The Denbighshire School Catering Service has faced an increase of prices for all major commercially procured food products, the domestic food market and across all food market supply chains.
The Service has seen an average price increase of 8% across food suppliers, but is working with suppliers to mitigate increases.
In the face of rising prices we have agreed to increase the cost of school meals by 20p. This is the first rise we have introduced in three years.
The increase will also help us deliver contributions to savings agreed for the set council budget for this financial year. Even after this increase, prices will still be relatively low compared to other local authority areas, and the service is confident that it is providing value for money in terms of the quality of food given to pupils across our schools.
The School Catering Service has also just been recognised as one of the top six best performing services in the UK for 2019/2020.
This recognition, from The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) is based upon comparisons with other school meals services from across the UK.
It takes into account things such as food purchasing initiatives, school meal uptake, management costs, staff training/absence levels, communication to customers and more.
Examples of the meals provided to pupils by the service can be found here https://denbighshireschoolmeals.co.uk/primary-menus/
Don’t forget to apply for Free School Meals even if you don’t want them! Awards for Free School meals are taken into account when school budgets are determined. This means every school would be entitled to more money from the Government if everyone eligible would process an application. So if you are entitled to Free School Meals we would really like you to apply for them here:
Our Motto is “WHAT MEMORIES ARE MADE OF!”
Our main aim is to provide a Healthy, Nutritional meal. All nutritional needs are catered for such as vegetarian and children with food allergies.
Food is Fun!
We also like to put the ‘Fun Factor’ into mealtimes whilst still educating the children on healthy eating and have many Theme Days throughout the year which they really enjoy.
We have introduced a Birthday Table which has proven to be very popular. The children sit with their chosen friends. We give them a small gift purchased by ourselves and get everyone to sing Happy Birthday to them.
Payments for School Meals
The school operates a pre-paid, cashless system in the canteen. The cost of a School meal will increase to £2.20 which should be paid in advance of your child receiving a meal via ParentPay. https://app.parentpay.com/public/client/security/#/logout?next=auth.login
Free School Meals
You can claim free school meals for your child if you receive any of the following :
- Child Tax Credits and my annual taxable income is under £16,190
- Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
- Income Support
- Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based)
- Pension Credit (must include Guarantee Credit)
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Universal Credit – yearly net earnings must be no more than £7,400.
You cannot get free school meals if you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit.
Click on the following link to find out more inform and download an application form: