School Meals

How much do school meals cost?

A two course school meal costs just  £2.20 for a primary pupil. Why not ensure your child has a healthy, nutritious two course school dinner.  Our 4 week primary menu has an excellent variety of traditional favourites and new dishes, the menu is displayed below. 


How do I pay for my child's meal?

You can pay for your child’s meal by cash, cheque or online via Parent Pay. Office staff are available every morning to take payment.    


My child is allergic to egg/wheat/dairy. Can they still stay for a school dinner?

Yes, your child can still have a school dinner. We would ask that you or your child ’s dietician contact City Catering with your child’s medical referral.  We can then arrange for an appropriate menu for your child. For more information contact City Catering on 0116 454 5060.


What is City Catering's policy on nut allergies?

We do not knowingly use any nut products or products derived from nuts in our kitchens. However we cannot guarantee that our food is free from nut products. If your child does suffer from a nut allergy please contact City Catering on 0116 454 5060 and our dietician can create an appropriate menu.


Can my child's school provide multicultural meals?

Yes, City Catering offers meals to suit cultural requirements. There is an Asian vegetarian menu.  For more information contact the catering team on 0116 233 3038.


Can my child have a vegetarian meal?

Yes, a healthy and tasty vegetarian option is available at each city school on a daily basis, our primary menus are based on 2 meat and 2 vegetarian dishes.


Free School Meals

Parents who are  receiving certain benefits can claim free school meals for their children. School meals are a good way to ensure that your child eats well at lunchtime, and you can save yourself time and money.  Even if your children doesn't want to eat the meals, completing an application form could still help your school. The more eligible parents who apply, the more funding the school can receive!


Who is eligible for Free School Meals?


  • Income Support (IS), or

  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA), or

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), or

  • National Asylum Seeker Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, or

  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190), or
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit, or

  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit   

How to Apply for Free School Meals

 Please note: you should only apply for Free School Meals if you receive one of the benefits listed above.


  • Complete the application form and return to the school office Free School Meals Application Form.

  • By telephone - call us on 0116 454 1009.  Make sure you have your National Insurance number to hand. 
  • By post - download and print the application form and post it to:

Free School Meals Service

Leicester City Council
4th Floor, York House

91 Granby Street






School Lunch Menu 2017-18


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