Children in Reception, Year 1 or 2, are entitled to a free school meal.

Once you have your child’s activation code – please contact your school office if you haven’t been given one – it’s easy to order school meals online at: https://www.myschoolmeals.co.uk or you can use this quick guide to assist you.


What children & parents say

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Here’s just a selection of feedback about our lunches:

“My son goes to Stalbridge Primary and can be a bit of a fussy eater at home – but he loves his hot school meals and often comes out at the end of the day with a sticker because he’s cleared his plate! Result! Thank you.”

“My kids both have hot school meals and they both absolutely love them, particulary the pasta and pizza dish and both love the lemon drizzle cake.”

“Just want to say what a fantastic dinner today, pork goulash, job well done, 5 stars to who ever cooked it, we want more…”

“My 4 year old enjoys his lunches and likes looking up on the iPad what he is going to have the next day!”

“Loving the new menu choices – can’t say enough times how much both my girls love their school dinners !!! My little one is even eating the ‘yellow stuff’ now…….. !!! (Custard)”

“Good food, locally sourced ingredients, plenty of options, hot lunch time meal = happy mummy, tasty food (with seconds and sometimes thirds!) = happy 7 year old daughter.”

If you’d like to add your review, please visit and like our Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/LocalFoodLinks/reviews


Allergens

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From December 2014, all food producers need to label their products with details of certain allergens. The Food Standards Agency has identified 14 primary allergens to be aware of, and gives details of them in this infographic.

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Keeping an eye on ingredients

We want to make it easy for you to check that our meals are suitable for your children – so we give details of the ingredients, dish by dish, within the Myschoolmeals online meals ordering system. Simply click on any meal choice to bring up the list of ingredients contained.

As well as this, you can now see every ingredient we’re using in the current menu, and any allergy advice about it in this spreadsheet:

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Discussing your child’s allergies

While it is still a parent’s responsibility to choose appropriate school meals for their children’s diets, we’re happy to help you with any concerns or questions you may have.

– Firstly you should complete and return this form to your child’s school:

Allergy Special Dietary Requirements Form

– You can also contact Gillian Reynolds on 01308 428921 or  gillian.reynolds@localfoodlinks.org.uk to discuss your child’s dietary requirements.


What’s on the menu today?

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Here’s our current menu:

Current Menu

Our menus change each term, and throughout the term we create meals that are nutritionally balanced, familiar, filling and comforting.

With school meals, we know sometimes it’s a bit of an effort to get children to eat up all their veg, but we have a secret weapon – hidden veg. Our tomato sauce is packed with veg before it’s blended, so they’ll never know how good it is for them.

Even the puddings often have hidden goodness, like dates in our chocolate brownies.

We also create theme days throughout the year – for example, our 10th Birthday celebration meal, Comic Relief, World Book Day and many others. And in December we pull out all the stops for Christmas lunch!


About Universal Free School Meals

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Following recommendations in the School Food Plan, the government is funding free school meals to all Key Stage 1 pupils (in reception, year 1 and year 2) in state-funded schools in England.

That means that if your child is in KS1 they’ll get a free lunch every day. You don’t need to do anything – it will start automatically. It’s easy to start ordering school meals online – just contact your school office for a registration code and you can get going at https://www.myschoolmeals.co.uk/Account/LogOn

If they’ve never had a Local Food Links school meal before, have a look at our menu to see what they’ll be enjoying!

 


The School Food Plan

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A golden age for school food has begun, with cooking on the curriculum and infant free school meals rolled out across the country.

The plan also includes a new set of school food standards (along with accompanying guidance for schools and their cooks and caterers), designed to make it easier for school cooks to create imaginative, flexible and nutritious menus.

It is an agreed plan that has the support of government and diverse organisations who are supporting head teachers to improve food in their schools.

The plan is about good food and happiness, the pleasure of growing, cooking and eating proper food. And it’s also about improving the academic performance of our children and the health of our nation.

Many parents mistakenly imagine that a packed lunch is the healthiest option. In fact, it is far easier to get the necessary nutrients into a cooked meal – only 1% of packed lunches meet the nutritional standards that currently apply to school food.

Eating school dinners is better for children. Many studies have shown that hunger affects concentration, and that well-nourished children fare better at school. The government has agreed to allocate money to help schools in the poorest areas establish breakfast clubs. And it has promised to look at extending free school meal entitlement, to ensure that no child goes hungry at lunch.


Local, Seasonal Ingredients

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Throughout the year we work with local suppliers to choose ingredients that are in season: that means we get the pick of the freshest, tastiest and most nutritious food available now.

We have great relationships with local suppliers. We get our meat and poultry from Colin Clark & Sons (Dorchester); fish from M&J Seafood (Poole); eggs from Foots (Bishops Caundle); fruit and vegetables from Washingpool Farm (Bridport), Elwell Fruit Farm (Salway Ash) and Graingers (Dorchester); yoghurt from Yeo Valley (South Somerset); bread for West Dorset from Punch and Judy (Bridport); baking goods from Bako (Cullompton) and fresh (including dairy from the South West), dried and frozen goods from Hunts (Sherborne).

Of course, there are ingredients we’ll need all year round that aren’t always available or possible to grow or source locally, so wherever possible we’ll buy from a local supplier to support the local economy.

As well as all that, we keep other promises about the food we serve:

  • All our meat and poultry is British.
  • All our fish is Marine Steward Council certified.
  • All our eggs are free range.
  • We will use local, seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, wherever possible.
  • We won’t add salt, GM ingredients, undesirable additives or trans fats to our meals.

FAQs

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General

1. Can I order meals for my child via this site?

 

Account set-up and login

1. I don’t have an email address.

2. I just created a Local Food Links account, but I can’t log in.

3. I have tried to reset my password, but the email has never arrived.

4. My email address has changed. How can I change my account?

 

Authorisation Codes

1. I don’t have an authorisation code.

2. The authorisation code I have does not register on the system.

3. My authorisation code has already been used.

 

Ordering and Payments

1. Why can’t I order or make changes for this week?

2. I’d like to order for myself, but I’m not listed with my children. How can I buy meals to eat with my children?

3. Can I pay by cash or cheque?

4. I don’t have a PayPal account. How do I pay?

5. The payment history page says ‘Waiting for PayPal’- what should I do?

6. I have two children. Can I use a credit on one account for a meal on another?

7. How do I cancel a meal I have ordered and paid for?

8. I have a credit balance. Can I have the cash refunded?

 

Notices and Emails

1. I have received an email saying that a meal was cancelled automatically.

2. I don’t want to receive any messages.

 

General

1. Can I order meals for my child via this site?

Yes, please click here.

if you’re new to Local Food Links you’ll need an authorisation code first – see below.

 

Account set-up and login

 

1. I don’t have an email address

It’s easy to set up an email account, and many of the larger internet companies offer free email services that you can access on any computer (including public computers in libraries and schools). Some of the more popular include:

* Googlemail

* Yahoo

* MSN Hotmail

* AOL

(We don’t specifically endorse any of these services.)

 

2. I just created a Local Food Links account, but I can’t log in.

If you created your account successfully, then please check the spelling of your email address and password when you typed it in. Try resetting the password (using the link beside the ‘Login’ button).

 

If you get the message, ‘Sorry, we couldn’t find any record for that user in our database’, then the email address was not recorded correctly. Just create a new account, ensuring your email address is typed correctly.

 

If you get the message, “A new password has been emailed to the address in our database”, then use your new password to log in.

 

3. I have tried to reset my password, but the email has never arrived.

Please check the spam or junk folder of your email account. If you still can’t find the password email, please contact Local Food Links at support@localfoodlinks.org.uk

 

4. My email address has changed. How can I change my account?

Email us at support@localfoodlinks.org.uk, noting your old email address and your new address. You can still log in using your old email address until you receive notification that the change has been processed.

 

Authorisation Codes

 

1. I don’t have an authorisation code.

Please contact your school office or email support@localfoodlinks.org.uk.

 

2. The authorisation code I have does not register on the system.

Please contact your school office or email support@localfoodlinks.org.uk

 

3. My authorisation code has already been used.

Authorisation codes can be used more than once – for example, both a child’s parents could have separate accounts for themselves with their children in both accounts. Either parent could then order, pay, and alter meal choices.

 

Ordering and Payments

 

1. Why can’t I order or make changes for this week?

Local Food Links policy is that all orders (and cancellations) must be received one week in advance. This is because we only order the exact quantities we need for each day’s freshly cooked meals, minimising waste and making the meals more affordable.

 

2. I’d like to order for myself, but I’m not listed with my children. How can I buy meals to eat with my children?

Not all schools offer meals to parents – please check with the school office and then contact us.

 

3. Can I pay by cash or cheque?

If you need to pay by cash or cheque, please contact your school office for more information about placing your order through the school.

 

4. I don’t have a PayPal account. How do I pay?

You can still pay by debit or credit card. Click on the PayPal button from the payments page, and complete the form on the PayPal payment page.

 

5. The payment history page says ‘Waiting for PayPal’ – what should I do?

If you believe that you have made a payment that has not been received, please check your bank or credit card account immediately, and if you have been charged contact us at support@localfoodlinks.org.uk.

 

6. I have two children. Can I use a credit on one account for a meal on another?

Please contact us (support@localfoodlinks.org.uk), and we can manually move the credit to another child’s account.

 

7. How do I cancel a meal I have ordered and paid for?

As long as the meal is still more than a week away, click ‘Cancel’ on your order page. If the meal is within one week, you cannot cancel or alter it.

 

8. I have a credit balance. Can I have the cash refunded?

Only if the child holding the credit leaves the school, otherwise you can use it to order meals.

 

Notices and Emails

 

1. I have received an email saying that a meal was cancelled automatically.

The ordering system includes a school event calendar that is managed by your school. Sometimes school events are planned that impact on the availability of our meal service. In most cases, these events will be known in advance so there’s no risk of you ordering a meal on that day.

 

But sometimes these events are scheduled after the menus have been published and orders received. When this happens, we will cancel the meals that have been ordered and credit the child’s account.

 


2. I don’t want to receive any messages.

If you want to unsubscribe from our emails, then just click on the link at the bottom of the email and complete the form to be removed from the list.

 

However, we do send other messages to parents automatically, such as password change confirmation emails, payment notices, and meal cancellation messages. You can’t opt out of these, because they’re essential to the meals service.