Riverside Primary | School Meals

School Meals




Price Increase – April 2018


Our school meals provider, Dolce Ltd, have notified us that they will be increasing the cost of a school dinner to £2.30 per meal. This will take effect from 1st April 2018 for pupils in Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6.


Children with 30 hours nursery provision, meals will increase to £2.00 per day.


Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will continue to receive a Universal Infant Free School Meal.



Universal Infant School Meals – Key Stage One Pupils


As you will now be aware, as from September 2014 the Government has provided a ‘Universal Infant School Meal’ for all Key Stage One pupils. This includes all Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children.


Means Tested Free School Meals


It remains vitally important that all parents who qualify for a traditional ‘Free School Meal’ under the current benefits criteria, continue to register with Gateshead Council’s Benefit Service, even if your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 and receiving a ‘Universal Infant School Meal’.


For every valid application submitted, our school receives valuable funding towards resources which will contribute to your child’s education.


If you believe your family are entitled to a  ‘Free School Meal’ please complete the attached ‘Free School Meals’ Application Form and submit to the Benefits Service at Gateshead Civic Centre as normal.


For more information on ‘Free School Meals’ please contact the Benefits Service on 0191 433 3729 or visit www.gateshead.gov.uk.



Live Kitchen


What is it?


Live Kitchen is designed to improve school meals by letting you log in at home, pre-order meals for up to a term at a time, look up recipes and nutritional information, and check your account balance. Pre-ordering means children get what they want for lunch each day.


Direct Debit


Direct Debit is the most convenient way to pay for your child’s meals. With Direct Debit, you receive a statement each month, and Live Kitchen will collect the money from your chosen account two weeks later. You are only charged for the meals that your child actually ate in the previous month. It also helps out the school office as there is less cash to look after.


Click Here to Sign up for Direct Debit Online


Prefer cash? Entitled to Free Meals?


If you wish to continue paying by cash or receive free meals, you can still get an pre-order account by giving your email address to the school office.


Pre-order Your Child’s Meal


Click Here to login into Live Kitchen!