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School Meals

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:
  • 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
Additionally, there are controls on the following foods:
  • 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.
Further standards for food other than lunch were introduced in September 2007.

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
Jobswell Road

How do I apply for Free School Meals?

To apply for Free School Meals you can:

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