About our school meals

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Eating a healthy meal is known to improve behaviour, concentration and the ability to achieve.

That’s why it’s especially important for children to eat a delicious, healthy meal at school.

10 reasons for choosing a school meal:

1. Menus pupils like

To make sure your child enjoys our meals, we develop our menus in consultation with pupils, schools and parents.

Our school meals meet all nutritional standards and guidelines, including Food for Life and the School Food Plan.

2. Fresh, tasty and healthy

Dishes are expertly prepared each day on the premises, using fresh, local, organic ingredients.

  • We use only free range eggs.
  • Our meat is farm assured (meaning it is sourced from farms with high standards of animal welfare)
  • Our fish responsibly caught from sustainable sources.

3. Good food for all

We cater for all medically diagnosed special dietary conditions and aim to provide for a variety of cultural and religious requirements.

In the first instance, please speak to your school for assistance.

4. Outstanding value

The cost of our school meals has not changed since 2011:

  • £2 for primary pupils
  • £2.20 for secondary pupils

5. Meals for free

Many pupils are entitled to free school meals – including all infants (reception, year one and year two).

This can save you hundreds of pounds and help boost funds for your school.

6. Rewarding healthy eating

We reward pupils each time they choose a healthy school meal.

Our Splashcard and StreetBase schemes, give them points to spend on great prizes.

7. No more cash handling

Our school meal payment system is cashless, removing the need to carry cash around, improving personal security.

Our cashless system also allows you to :

  • Check your child’s account balance
  • Top-up
  • See what your child has chosen to eat each day

Please contact your child’s school for more information or assistance.

8. Confidentiality assured

With our cashless payment system no one can tell whether your child’s meal has been paid for by you or provided for free.

9. Dining room experience

Sitting down to a school meal with friends helps develop good table manners and social skills support – essential attributes for later life

10. Making life easier for you

Avoid the early morning starts and expense of preparing packed lunches. You know that your child will benefit from a school lunch  is delicious, healthy and nutritionally balanced.

We value your views about our service

Emails to our office are checked at least once daily (Monday to Friday).

We aim to respond to all enquiries within 24 hours.

LBBD Catering Services
Frizlands Admin Building, Rainham Road North, Dagenham, RM10 7HX

020 8227 3141

CateringServicesSchoolMeals@lbbd.gov.uk

Our office opening times are 8am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday.