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School Meals

Thurrock Catering Services is the in-house catering provider within Thurrock Borough Council. They are committed to providing the highest standards of food quality and service, and in achieving this, parents can be assured that:

  • All menus comply with, and usually exceed, the Government's National Nutritional Standards for school lunches.
  • Their menus are now colour coded to allow schools to adopt the "Pupils Choice" system to guarantee each child their preferred menu choice every time, with over 25% of schools now using this system.
  • Their food purchasing contracts control the sourcing of safe ingredients and ensure the necessary delivery and storage methods to maintain the highest levels of food safety.
  • They regard your child as a valued customer and serve all children in a friendly and supportive manner, helping them to expand their eating experience with care.
  • They do not knowingly use foods containing genetically modified ingredients and avoid using artificial additives and colourings wherever possible.
  • They work closely with The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the School Food Trust & the Food for Life Partnership to develop flagship schools in the borough and work towards the Soil Association food sourcing targets.

Autumn/Winter Menu 23-24

Spring/Summer Menu 2024

School catering

Every day more than 15,000 school meals are served in Thurrock. Providing affordable, nutritious meals for local school children.

Over 75% of our food is made using local ingredients, and we use:

  • organic and traceable farm fresh British meat
  • 200,000 kilograms of fresh fruit and vegetables every year
  • fish that is caught from sustainable sources

Thurrock Catering Services' menus are:

They have monthly theme days and run fun cooking events to educate children about healthy eating and cooking.

All key stage 1 (KS1) pupils, including reception children, are entitled to free school meals. Your child could also get free school meals if you are receiving certain benefits.