East Lothian Council

Healthy eating in schools

School meals

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East Lothian Council's school meals service supplies meals for 36 Primary and 6 High schools providing approximately 750,000 primary and 430,000 secondary school pupils with lunch each year, that's over 6,200 per school day! The health and well being of children and young people are at the heart of everything we do.  We are totally dedicated to providing appetising and nutritious meals for pupils during their time spent at school.

Primary School Meals

The new Primary School Spring/Summer Menu starts on Monday 24th April 2017. In conjunction with the Scottish Government's Language Learning in Scotland A:1+2 Approach we have worked with our colleagues in Education so that the new menu includes the French translation of all our dishes.

High School Meals

Morning Break

In all six of East Lothian Council's High Schools there is a morning break service every day where pupils can choose from a selection of hot and cold snacks and a range of hot and cold drinks. 

Lunch Break

The daily lunch time service offers a 3 week menu cycle serving traditional 2 course meals, either soup and a main meal or a main meal and dessert.   There is also a daily vegetarian choice and a range of 'Tastes of the World' dishes - Indian, Chinese, Mexican and Mediterranean, a selection of salads, sandwiches, baguettes, 'home-baking' and hot and cold drinks.

The new Spring/Summer menu in High Schools starts on Monday 24th April 2017. 

Special Dietary Requirements

If your child has a special dietary requirement either medical or cultural, please contact your child's schools or you can contact us directly for more information. 

Allergen Information 

From 13 December 2014 the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC) comes into force. These European rules will be enforced in the UK by the Food Information Regulations 2014 (FIR). For information on the allergens in the meals provided in your school please see the appropriate link below.

School Meals Allergen Information Tables:

Occasionally due to unforeseen circumstances recipe ingredients or products may change at short notice therefore it is always advisable to check at point of sale for any allergens.

Nutritional Regulations

Our menus are nutritionally analysed to ensure that they meet the Scottish Government's regulations for school mealsFor special dietary requirements please see Autumn/Winter Menu with Carbohydrates.

Cashless Catering

The "Cashless Catering" system allows parents or guardians to deposit funds on their child's card through an internet payment, or allows the pupil to top up their card using a cash machine in the school. One of the most important aims of cashless catering is to minimise the stigma attached to children and young people who are eligible for free school meals. Although cashless catering is not yet available in primary schools, we work closely with head teachers in developing systems which protect the anonymity of children who choose to have free meals in their school.

When using the internet for deposits to the Cashless Catering system the cut off time is 8.00am. Therefore, provided the transaction takes place before 8.00am, the funds will be available later that morning. Payments made after 8.00am on a Friday and before 8.00am on a Monday will be credited by 9.00am on Monday.

Your Views

We welcome your comments and suggestions to help us make improvements to the services we provide. You can contact us by phone or by email using the details on the left of the page.

Block B, Brewery Park, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3BR

Telephone: 01620 827811

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.