Nelson Mandela Primary School

Nelson Mandela Primary School

Putting your child at the heart of learning

Packed Lunch Policy


School has a packed lunch policy which helps to make sure all our children have a balanced healthy meal at lunch times. Below is an overview of that policy.

A packed lunch should contain:

  • At least two portions of fruit or vegetables every day (a portion is the amount your child can fit into the palm of their hand). This could be fresh, dried or tinned fruit.
  • A starchy food every day i.e. any type of bread, pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes or other types of cereals.
  • Meat, fish or another source of non-dairy protein (e.g. lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, hummus, falafel).
  • Dairy food every day, such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, fromage-frais or custard.
  • A drink of fruit juice, semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, milk-based or yoghurt-based drinks, smoothies or a bottle of water (tap water is freely available on tables).
  • A small cake, biscuit or cereal bar as part of a balanced meal. Please look carefully at packaging, as many items that may look healthy can have high levels of sugar and fat!

Packed lunches must NOT include:

  • Crisps should not be included in packed lunches, instead include vegetables and fruit (with no added salt, sugar or fat). Savoury crackers or breadsticks served with fruit, vegetables or dairy food are also a good choice.
  • Confectionary such as chocolate bars, chocolate coated biscuits and sweets are not allowed.
  • Items containing nuts are not allowed in school. (Although these are healthy, some children are allergic to nuts and they can cause a severe reaction even when in other pupils’ lunches.)

Items brought in that are not allowed, will be given to the class teacher to return to parents at the end of the day.

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