The government has set new food-based standards for school lunches. This page summarises the key requirements.
These healthier products are now on our menus
|More Fruit and Vegetables
No less than two servings per day per child; at least one should be vegetables or salad and at least one should be fruit.
|More Oily Fish
Oily fish such as mackerel and salmon should be served at least once every three weeks
Bread should be available at lunch every day
Free, fresh drinking water should be available at all times.
The only drinks served should be water, pure fruit juices, milk, yoghurt and milk drinks with less than 5% added sugar, smoothies, low calorie hot chocolate, coffee and tea.
These foods are now restricted or no longer allowed:
Confectionery such as chocolate bars, chocolate-coated biscuits and sweets should not be available for lunch.
|No Savoury Snacks
Savoury snacks such as crisps should not be available for lunch.
Condiments - Restricted
Salt should not be available at lunch. Condiments, such as ketchup and mayonnaise, should only be available in sachets.
|Deep-Fried Foods – Restricted
Meals should not contain more than two deep-fried foods, such as chips and batter-coated products, in a single week.
|Manufactured Meat Products – Restricted
These products, such as chicken nuggets, burgers and sausage rolls, may only be served occasionally, and only providing they meet standards for minimum meat content.