St Mary's C of E

Primary School Moston

A loving Christian community, where everyone is valued and successfully achieves their full potential.

School Meals

Eat Them to Defeat Them!


We have again signed up to support the VegPower ‘Eat Them To Defeat Them’ campaign! This national promotion is aimed at children to encourage them to eat more vegetables with the idea that the only way to get rid of vegetables is to eat them!


We will let you know once we receive start dates!

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School Meals


School meals are provided by The Totally Local Company (TLC) who also provide meals to many other nursery, primary, special and secondary schools in Greater Manchester. All our meals are prepared by skilled staff in our school kitchen everyday using fresh and where possible locally sourced ingredients. Our team of staff is led by Mrs Allen our award winning Cook.  They can cater for specific diets that are required for medical, cultural or religious reasons.


Children are welcome to bring packed lunches to school although there is a 'Healthy Packed Lunch' policy.  Children have lunch in the hall at the same time as those eating cooked meals.  


Throughout the year we have special school lunches which are themed and invite every child to enjoy with us.  These lunches usually include Christmas dinner, World Book Day and this year, the Queens Jubilee!





Universal Free School Meals (UIFSM)


Any child having a school lunch who are in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 do not have to pay for school meals. However, those parents entitled to Free School Meals under the benefits they receive will still have to make a claim, this will help school to continue to receive extra funding for their child. This is very important and an application form can be obtained from the school office, along with support to complete the form with our family worker.


Free School Meals

Remember meals are FREE for all children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 – this is called Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM). You can apply for free school meals if you or your child receives 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, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - In England, if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get). If your child is currently eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on March 31st 2022.


Please contact Mrs Marriott if you wish to apply. The application process can be done in school and is quick and easy.  


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, do I still need to claim for Free School Meals?


Q: I send my child with a packed lunch—should I claim for Free School Meals?

YES A: It’s very important to claim, even if you don’t take up the free lunch or if your child already receives UIFSM. The reason is that schools receive additional funding for every child entitled to Free School Meals; this money forms a vital part of our budget to pay for the children’s education.

If you are an asylum seeker, don't fill in these claim forms - there is a separate procedure. You need to contact your child's school and show them evidence that you are an asylum seeker. The school can accept one of these documents as evidence.


  • IS96
  • Standard acknowledgement letter (SAL) 1 or 2
  • Letter from the Home Office
  • Letter from a solicitor
  • Application registration card (ARC)


The school will check your documents and arrange the free school meals.