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All food provided by local authorities must meet national nutritional standards. These ensure that children are provided with a healthy, balanced diet. The new standards, introduced in September 2006, require the following:
Additionally, there are controls on the following foods:
- High-quality meat, poultry or oily fish regularly available
- At least two portions of fruit and vegetables with every meal
- Bread, other cereals and potatoes regularly available
Further standards for food other than lunch were introduced in September 2007.
- Deep-fried food limited to no more than two portions per week
- Fizzy drinks, crisps, chocolate and other confectioneries removed from school meals and vending machines.
Free School Meals
Free school meals are only available to children whose parents/guardian receives one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based)
- Support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, but DO NOT receive any Working Tax Credit, and their annual income (as assessed by the Inland Revenue) does not exceed £16,190 (6th April 2013)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Where do I apply for Free School Meals?
Applications must be made to the local authority where the school is situated. For children attending a school in Carmarthenshire, all applications must be made to the following department:
Free School Meals Section
Business Support Unit
Parc Dewi Sant
How do I apply for Free School Meals?
To apply for Free School Meals you can:
Top tips for a healthy packed lunch: