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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.

School Meals


Free School Meals

Your child could qualify for free school meals.  Local authorities must provide free lunches for eligible pupils, paid-for meals where requested and good facilities and supervision so pupils can eat safely.

You will be eligible to receive the allowance on behalf of your child/children if BOTH the following criteria apply: -


1. The pupils (aged 4+) attend schools under the jurisdiction of Ceredigion Local Authority on a full-time basis


2. The pupils live with a parent, partner or legal guardian currently receiving either:

  • Income Support; or
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance; or
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; or
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IR); or
  • Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs that does not exceed £16,040 PLEASE NOTE: If you receive Working Tax Credit you do not qualify; or
  • Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

Frequently Asked Questions about Free School Meals

For more information regarding free school meals in Ceredigion