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School meals and free school meals

Enfield Catering Services have extensive experience in school meals, and are dedicated to food, health and education. Our food is appetising, ethically-sourced, and freshly cooked on site, with menus that meet the government’s nutritional standards and contribute to the health and education of children and young people.  

We are proud to offer menus that use quality ingredients, locally and sustainably sourced whenever possible. Our achievements include:

  • the Silver Food for Life Served Here award from the Soil Association in recognition of ethical sourcing, animal welfare standards and nutritious menus
  • the full Marine Stewardship Council Accreditation (MSC) for our sustainable fish
  • the Good Dairy Commendation from Compassion in World Farming      

School meals in Enfield are healthy, tasty and fun. We hope all pupils enjoy the exciting and innovative dishes our Menu Development Chef has created. Parents are also welcome to attend the various taster sessions arranged throughout Enfield to try the foods we offer.

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For more information, email enfield.catering.services@enfield.gov.uk or visit My School Lunch. You can also find us on Facebook.

To register for school meals, ask at your child’s school.

Free school meals

All children in reception, year one or year two will be able to receive a free school meal. Choosing a school lunch for your child will save up to £400 per year. You must register your child for free school meals during the summer term to ensure the school receives extra funding .

In order for Enfield to plan for your child and our schools for September, you will need to complete a registration form and return it to your child's school during the summer term.

If your child is in year three or above, to be eligible for free school meals the parent or carer must receive one of the following:

  • income support
  • income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • 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)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400

Children who get any of the above benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

To apply, complete our application form (PDF) and email freeschoolmeals@enfield.gov.uk. You can also post a signed copy to:
ESAS and Free School Meals
D Block
Civic Centre
Silver Street

You do not need to provide evidence of your benefit when you submit your form, however we may write to you for further information or to request certain evidence.