School meals, including FSM and entitlements

Dolce provide a school meal service to our children, which means that your child will be able to order daily at school (or even in advance at home) the meal of their choice from the menu of the day. We hope that everyone who can, will sign up to the Direct Debit method of payment – please take the time to read the information that has been sent home with your child along with a letter from Dolce and a sample menu.

You are able to log in to Live Kitchen to check out the menu and the nutritional values, even order from home with your child. However, please be aware that if you choose to do this we would not be able to override that choice in school, so your child may be a bit upset if he/she changes his/her mind!

If you are unable to pay by direct debit you will still be able to log in to live kitchen but you will have to provide the school office with a name and email address to enable a username and password to be created.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mrs Sorsby in the office.
Please find a link below to our school meal provider’s website and a copy of the latest menu:

Dolce Ltd

School meals cost £2.20 per day £11.00 per week
See our Free School Meals and Entitlements page for eligibility.

The most simple way to pay for meals is by Direct Debit. If you take this option you will receive an email detailing what your child has eaten, how much it has cost and when we plan to take it out of your account. To sign up for Direct Debit just click www.live-kitchen.co.uk/direct and follow the instructions School meals need to be paid for in advance. Alternatively you can make payments with a debit or credit card by telephoning Dolce Customer Services on 01942 707 709.
You will only pay for the meals that your child has taken and if your child misses the meal for any reason you will not be charged.
We are requesting that parents pre-order their child’s meals at home. If you require a Live Kitchen login please see the office staff and they can arrange this for you. Alternatively you can use the touch screen computer at the school office. If you order on a daily basis please remember to pre-order your child’s meal before 9.30am.
If you think you are eligible for Free School Meals you can access the Free School Meals online claim form via the Stockport MBC website under the benefits section. Once you have completed the online form and submitted it, it will be sent straight to the Free School Meals Team to be processed. School cannot provide free meals to children until it has been authorised by the Local Authority. Please do not hesitate to contact the school office for any further guidance or assistance in applying for the Free School Meals.

 

Food Allergies:
Please inform school if your child has any allergies.

Food Allergy Poster
http://www.food.gov.uk/business-industry/allergy-guide/allergen-resources

Eligibility

If you are in receipt of Income Support, Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance, Income related Employment Support Allowance or the Guarantee part of Pension Credit or if you have an annual income (as assessed by the HM Revenue and Customs) of less than £16,190 each year (but not Working Tax Credit) you will be eligible for Free School Meals.

Free School Meals could save you up to £380 per year for each child.

By applying for Free School Meals you could also trigger additional resources for your children’s school through the Pupil Premium. For every child registered, and entitled, the school gets £900 to help children from lower income families.

If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school will still receive the additional funding.

How to apply

If you are making a claim for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support then you don’t need to make a separate claim for Free School Meals. You can request Free School Meals on the same form and we will assess your entitlement at the same time.

You can apply for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support from the Benefits homepage.

If you do not need to claim Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support and only want to claim Free School Meals then you should fill in an online claim form.

You should also make a claim online if you are already receiving Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support and one of your children starts full-time nursery or school maintained by the Local Authority.

Access the Free School Meals online claim form.

Once you have completed the online form and submitted it, it will be sent straight to the Free School Meals Team to be processed.
You do not have to send in proof of your qualifying income as we will verify your claim with the Department for Work and Pensions.

Please note

  • If your child is not attending a Stockport school, you must make your claim for Free School Meals with the Authority who is educating your child.
  • Schools cannot provide free meals to children until it has been authorised by the Council.