The catering menus at St. Joseph’s offer a healthy choice and variety to our students and staff. We provide specials of the day, supported by fresh vegetables and potatoes, a vegetarian choice, hot and cold desserts, snacks and sandwiches, juices and drinks. For student and parents information, menus are posted in the dining room, around school and here on our website.
Our menus are rotated on a three weekly cycle. You will notice that many of the prices are reduced to what they used to be since the school took over the management of the canteen.
We use a cashless catering system whereby every student and member of staff has an account on the admin system. Meals are purchased using a lunch card (similar to a debit card) at the tills in the canteen. We have put together a brochure detailing our system, with some frequently asked questions too.
Why are there standards in place?
The standards were developed following research showing that children were not making healthy food choices at lunchtime. In 2005 the government appointed an expert group, the School Meals Review Panel (SMRP), to recommend new standards for school food. Their report published in October 2005, proposed radical changes which would prohibit or restrict food high in fat, sugar and salt or made up with poor quality meat been served at school lunches. The new standards generally adopt the SMRP and School Food Trust advice and recommendations. Unhealthy eating patterns take time to change, so these new standards for school lunches are just the start of a much longer process.
Why have food standards been introduced for lunches?
They define types of food which are no longer allowed or are restricted, in order to replace food high in fat, sugar and salt with more nutritious food and drinks. To ensure nourishing food is served more frequently. To ensure an immediate improvement in school lunches, allowing time for the more detailed process of developing meals that meet the new nutrient-based standards.
Increasingly, a large proportion of many children’s diets consist of manufactured food high in fat, sugar and salt. These highly processed products often provide “empty calories” which fill children up but do not supply the essential nutrients they need for healthy physical and mental development.
Much of the food no longer allowed under the food based standards is associated with a growing range of child health and nutritional issues, including obesity, diabetes and tooth decay and erosion. Childhood obesity is now recognised as a major threat to long term health and the statistics are alarming.
How the standards help children
The ultimate goal is to help children enjoy balanced meals containing good sources of protein and starch, accompanied by lots of vegetables, salad and fruit. These standards mean that the less healthy food choices, high in fat, salt and sugar are replaced by more nutritious options.
They are school dinners for children between the ages of 4 and 16 who attend full time school (but not private schools). They may also be awarded to some children outside this age range who attend full time school or nursery.
Do I qualify?
To qualify, you or your partner must be getting one of the following:
– Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
– Income Related Employment Support Allowance
– Income Support
– Universal Credit
– Child Tax Credit only with an annual income of less then £16,190
– Pension Credit – Guarantee Credit
– Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
How do I apply?
If you or your partner would like to make a claim this can be done by:
Telephoning 01204 331590 or
Sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or
By visiting one of the local offices at Bolton Council.
You do not need to make a separate claim if you are already getting or have applied for Housing Benefit / Council Tax Benefit or School Clothing Allowance. The Council will use the information and evidence you have already provided to confirm your entitlement.
What evidence is required?
You need to provide an up to date document showing that you are getting one of the above qualifying benefits.
If you do not have any proof or require further information, please contact The Council for advice on 01204 331590 or visit their website www.bolton.gov.uk