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Ruskington Chestnut

Street CofE

Primary Academy

Care. Believe. Grow

Contact Details

School Meals

Our school meals are provided by a local Lincolnshire based company called Ideal School Meals.

Ideal Meals contact telephone number is 01522 246424.


Please find below all the information you will need, if however you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact school to discuss.

We know that a packed lunch is occasionally the preferred option.  We would like to remind parents and children that it is important to have a healthy packed lunch each day.  

The following items should not be included in your child's lunchbox as it is dictated by our School Food Standards.

  • Sweets and chocolate bars (e.g. Mars, Twix, Milky Way etc.) - small chocolate biscuits are acceptable e.g. penguin or similar.  
  • Fizzy drinks 
  • Sweet cakes e.g. sugary cakes, doughnuts 
  • Foods containing nuts 
  • Packets of salted nuts, peanut butter, chocolate spread 
  • Kiwi fruit - we have children allergic to kiwi 


If you choose to include crisps then please ensure that the size of portion/bag is appropriate to the age of the child.  This also applies to lunch items that may be high in fat, salt and sugar.  


Here are some ideas and tips to help:

  • Instead of cakes, chocolates and biscuits try currant buns (without icing), fruit bread, tea cakes and malt loaf.
  • Always include a drink to help your child concentrate.  Go for water, semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, or unsweetened fruit juice.  Please be careful as some so-called fruit drinks contain 6 spoonfuls of sugar!
  • Cook some extra pasta, rice or potatoes with dinner the night before to make an effortless and tasty salad for lunch the next day.


Freeze a carton of pure juice, milk or yoghurt and place in a mini sandwich bag.  It will be defrosted by lunchtime and keep your lunchbox cool in the meantime!


Make easy swaps - for example, if your child likes something sweet, give them raisins or a small can or pot of chopped fruit instead of a chocolate bar.  If they prefer savoury foods, ditch the crisps and give them plain pop corn, rice cakes or crunchy carrot sticks instead.


Keep a selection of breads in the freezer for sandwiches.  Then you can just take out what you need for one days lunchbox and defrost it on a plate or in the microwave.

Using different type of bread each day can make lunchboxes more interesting.  Try granary, wholemeal, whole white bread, pitta, fruit bread, bagels, English muffins, chappatti or wraps.


Don't forget the diary - low-fat custard, fromage frais, rice pudding or yoghurt is very popular and good for growing bones!


Provide fruit in small pots which are easy and quick to eat, e.g. chopped canned pineapple, satsuma pieces, raisins, dried apricots or grapes.

When you are preparing vegetables or salad for dinner, cut up a few extra carrots, cucumber or celery sticks for lunch the next day to reduce the time spent preparing lunch!


We hope this information is helpful to parents.

Free School Meals

If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 you will automatically be entitled to a free hot meal in school.


If your child is in Year 3 and above and you receive any of the following:


  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual household income of less than £16,190 and do not get Working Tax Credit*


*unless in the Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

You can apply for free school lunches by contacting the school office with your national insurance number on 01526 832424. We will then check your eligibility and notify you of the outcome.


Packed Lunches

Please make sure that the food is in suitable containers, preferably plastic boxes, and that drinks are not in glass bottles or cans. Fizzy drinks shouldn't be brought into school for lunch!


We are proud of our Healthy Schools status and so we encourage children to bring in a healthy packed lunch. If you would like some help deciding what to put into your child's packed lunch then the School Food Trust website has some great ideas - including low-cost and low-effort menus!


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