School meals

COVID-19 - Temporary School Meals Arrangements (August 2020)

Due to COVID-19 and the effect this has had on our Early Years Centres (EYC’s) and schools, we are currently unable to provide our normal catering service.

On return to school in August, a reduced lunch service will be in operation in EYC’s, Primary and Secondary schools – full details of the catering provision in each setting can be accessed here.

Full details of the temporary menu choices available in EYC’s and Primary schools can be accessed on the menu pages.

We hope to return to our normal menus as quickly as possible so please check this webpage for service updates. You can also follow us on Twitter @SACSchoolMeals where any change to service provision will be announced immediately.

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Further information

Every year we provide over 1.2 million meals in schools, which are made freshly each day with a variety of healthy menus which comply with the Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2008.

We welcome and support the Scottish Government guidance Better Eating, Better Learning which provides a new context for school food which is aimed at encouraging the connections between what children eat and the impact on improving health, learning, the environment and the local economy.

Special diets and allergens information

We can cater for pupils who have special dietary requirements, please contact the catering supervisor.

All menus have been analysed for allergens, this information is available in the allergens (Primary School meals) and allergens (Secondary School meals). Please note that in the event of any food ingredient supplied to us labelled with precautionary allergen warning ‘may contain’, it is our policy that such foods will be treated for the purpose of allergen control procedures as ‘does contain’ and will be highlighted and handled accordingly.


Our food is sourced from 5 main suppliers who are on contract and provide best value to South Ayrshire Council. Each of these suppliers are based in Scotland and therefore support our economy.

Fresh bakery produce is provided from a local Ayrshire supplier and delivered on a daily basis.

All of our milk comes from Scottish farms, some of which is from farms located in South Ayrshire. Milk is available within nursery schools, primary and secondary schools.

Our fruit and vegetable supplier provide a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables from around Scotland and beyond. Where possible our supplier buys from local growers within the Ayrshire area and supplies this produce to schools.

The butcher meat that is used is 100% British with approximately 80% being Scottish and of that 15-20% being locally sourced from Ayrshire farms.

One of our suppliers uses a local Food Group in their supply chain that has manufacturing sites in Prestwick and Dumfries.

Online school payments

As part of our South Ayrshire Goes Digital transformation programme, we have introduced a new online school payments system – iPayimpact.

iPayimpact is currently available in all secondary schools and is being rolled out to primary schools on a phased basis. Information will be sent to you directly when the service becomes available in your child’s school. View further information on online school payments.

Customer satisfaction

The Pupil Catering Survey 2018/19 was completed by a total of 4647 children and young people (3680 children in P4-P7 and 967 young people in S1 to S6). In secondary schools the overall satisfaction rate was 90% up by 1% from last year and in primary schools it was 96% up 1% from last year.