School Meals

Coronavirus Update – 27th March 2020

Please note that during the school closure period, there will be a change to Free School Meals provision – please see the news post.

Canon Popham offers pupils the choice between a school provided meal at the cost of £2.50 per day (paid via the online ParentPay system) or parents/carers can provide a packed lunch; all school meal choices are available to all pupils.  This means that you can choose whether your child has a packed lunch or a school meal on any day.  We no longer require termly notice.

All year groups and all pupils are entitled to either a:
• Free school meal
• Universal Free School Meal
• Paid meal
All pupils from Reception to Year 2 are entitled to a Universal Free School Meal.
For other year groups, please contact the school to see if you are eligible to receive a free school meal.

Meals can be ordered using the LunchHound pre-ordering system up until 8am on the day or with the school office up until 9.30am.  Pupils attending breakfast club will also be able to place their lunch order with the cook if they have previously forgotten to do so.

Paid meal pupils will need to make a payment to their ParentPay account and then pre-order meals through the LunchHound pre-order system up until 8am on the day or before 9.30am with the school office.

Please note that if your child receives a pre-arranged special meal due to food allergies or intolerances, this will still be ordered using your paper menus and liaising with the school office.

Please note: ParentPay is the payment portal for school meals and LunchHound is the school meal booking system
1. ParentPay – Use this account to pay for school dinners. If your child is entitled to Universal Infant Free school meals please register your account so school can record your child’s lunch and communicate with you
2. LunchHound – Use this account to select your child’s meal choice
Both systems must be used. Lunches must be selected on LunchHound and paid for on ParentPay.
Your school meal order cut off is now 8am on the day. Order at home until 8am on the day, at the school office until 9.30am or at breakfast club with the cook.
If you pay for school meals please see below a useful guide to setting up a regular payment in to your account.

ParentPay direct debit
Please log in to your Parent Pay account and follow the instructions below to set up a regular payment in to your account for school meals.
Prices are £2.50 per meal or £12.50 per week. Payments must be in advance and can be made for longer periods if you wish (e.g. weekly, fortnightly, or termly).
• Log in to your parent pay account
• Click on the money note icon at the top of the page
• Click on the 3 white lines on the left hand side
• Select set up direct debit and follow the instructions to set this up
By setting up a regular payment this will ensure that your account doesn’t fall in to arrears and will avoid any disruption to your child’s eating pattern.

Lunch Hound

  • Log on to your Lunch Hound account at using the same email address you have registered with school
  • To book a lunch for your child click on the option they would like and select ‘BOOK’. Do this for each day.
  • If the system will not let you select a lunch for a particular day this will be for one of the following reasons:
    • There is no meal service that day (e.g. school holiday)
    • You have previously indicated that your child does not want a lunch on that day
    • The school has closed booking for that day, please see school ordering cut off time above
    • Your child is allergic to one of the ingredients in that dish

For Lunch Hound support please visit or call 08455441673

Free School Meals

If you receive one of the following benefits, your child may be entitled to free school meals.

  • Universal Credit – If you apply on or after 1 April 2018, your annual net earned income must be no more that £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to 3 of your most recent assessment periods.
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit and your annual income is below £16,190 (as worked out by HM Revenue & Customs)
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • parents receiving Working Tax Credit for four weeks after their employment finishes are entitled to free school meals during that period. This also applies to parents who start working less than 16 hours per week

Even if your child does not want free school meals, you should still make a request. This is because you may be entitled to other benefits for your child, for example, free school milk for children under seven, or help towards board and lodging charges for school trips and this also entitles the school to claim extra funding, which can be used to benefit the pupil concerned.