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Managing the school meals contract or supporting your in-house catering
With over 20 years experience, our catering team have worked with educational sites and gained a wealth of knowledge surrounding the provision of catering. By working in partnership with you, we are a...

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Free School Meals Update
27 Mar
Please see the attached document. Further communication from Tim Browne: Dear colleagues, I know that free school meals, and the governments new voucher scheme, has been one of the most common issues for you all over the past couple of weeks. I am therefore pleased to say that the DfE have produced their guidance this morning: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance-for-schools Key messages: The national voucher scheme is optional for schools; where schools are happy with their current arrangements these can continue. The voucher system is for term time only so your planned arrangements over Easter will need to be maintained. All schools will receive email communication today from Edenred to access and administer this voucher system. The costs of the £15 weekly vouchers will be picked up centrally by the DfE – schools will not have to pay for these. The DfE are working on guidance for compensation for those schools who have incurred additional costs in providing FSM through their own arrangements. Best wishes Tim Tim Browne Director of Education
How to get in touch
24 Mar
See the attached contact booklet to find out all the contact points for your Traded Services
School signage during COVID 19
24 Mar
Please view the attached guidance on school signage
Scam around Free School Meals
24 Mar
Schools have already reported that parents and carers of children in receipt of free school meals are being targeted by fraudsters. Fraudsters are targeting families, emailing parents and carers with messages such as ‘ If your child is entitled to free school meals send your bank details to the school and they will help with funding while the school is closed’. The email contains links for the parents to follow if they want to receive the this funding – these links are fake. This is a scam. Please share this information with parents and carers to make them aware of this scam.
School meal provision
19 Mar
Dear Head Teacher I wish to assure you that we will be continuing to provide all children attending your school with a meal. This extends to a packed lunch for Free School meal children in isolation (FSM not UISFM). From next week it will essentially be business as usual. Your meals will continue to be prepared/delivered as before. If you have a Free School meal pupil in isolation it will be the schools responsibility to ensure that pupil receives their packed lunch. Menus may well be different, but I’m sure you’ll bear with us in this ever-changing situation. The meals service will also be extended over the Easter Holidays to ensure all children continue to have a midday meal. We will be working towards preparing packed lunches in a small number of our larger production kitchens and delivering them direct to your schools. We will be making the necessary arrangements over the next week and will keep you updated on progress. This will reduce the amount of contact for Caterlink and School staff in accordance with government guidelines. If you have not already provided Caterlink with your estimated meal numbers please contact Jane Woolf If you have any other queries please don’t hesitate to contact me, With kind regards Cathy King Asset Management & Property Services Gloucestershire County Council 6th Floor, Block 5 East Shire Hall, Westgate Street Gloucester GL1 2TG Tel: 01452 328834 Mobile: 07770 522954