Matthew Arnold joined the company Food for thought over a year ago. Food for Thought serves over 50,000 meals each month in its twenty schools in Liverpool. For the last two years, having achieved the Soil Association's Gold Award, all our kitchens serve, in the main, free range and locally sourced meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. We are very proud of the fact that we are the only school meals' company in Liverpool to achieve this prestigious standard in the quality and sustainability of food we use in all our kitchens.
Food For Thought are proud supporters of the Linda McCartney national "Meat Free Monday" campaign and has links with a number of other local groups: Squash Nutrition, LCC Green Team, NHS and the YMCA.
We are very proud of working in partnership with the Liverpool FareShare Charity who are helping us where food-poverty is becoming an increasingly challenging problem.
The school meals provided at Mathew Arnold Primary School are prepared and cooked by our catering staff. All meals are excellent and are fully compliant with the Government Nutritional Standards to ensure all children maintain a healthy diet. All staff are fully trained in Food Safety in Catering and we have been rated by the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme in which we received 5 stars (www.scoresonthedoors.org.uk).
Menus are sent home to parents and are also displayed in the hall. Children have choices of main and sweet courses and special diets are catered for. We also supply water or juice.
School meals cost £1.20 per day (£6.00 per week). Payment must be made on Monday mornings each week, or the first day back after a holiday. We can also accept payment in advance if preferred. All money should be sent in a sealed envelope marked with your child’s name , class, what the money is for and amount of money in the envelope. We can accept cheques (made payable to Matthew Arnold Primary School).
We discourage transfer from school meals to packed lunch at short notice. The preferred time scale is two weeks.
Children may bring a packed lunch if they do not wish to have a hot meal. However, we do request the lunch should be a healthy one in support of the school’s healthy eating policy.
Free School Meals
If you think your child is eligible for free school meals, application forms are available from the school office. If you need help filling in the form, you can visit a One Stop Shop and make an appointment to discuss your claim. (On occasions the school will have One Stop Shop advisors on site. Parents / carers will be notified via text messages).
When forms are completed, call into a One Stop Shop with your form and any proof required. Alternatively, post the form with your proof the following address:
Liverpool City Council
PO Box 13
(Please note: If you do not have the necessary proof with the form, your claim will not be processed).
When your claim has been processed and validated, a unique reference number will be provided. This must be submitted to the school admin office immediately.