Emailed 11/01/21 to parents and carers of children eligible for FSM

Updated 17/01/21

Free School Meal Update – Food Parcels from Chartwells

As you will hopefully be aware from our previous communications following the closure of schools in England on Wednesday, the Government has asked school catering providers to make up healthy eating food hampers for children to eat at home if they are eligible for Free School Meals. The food parcels must be collected by the parent or carer with whom the child currently resides or lives with for the majority of the time.

Chartwells are the catering provider for lots of schools in the Trust including Westbourne Academy. Early on Tuesday 12 January, we took delivery of over £7000 of food so that we can make a food hamper for each child – worth £30. This covered the fortnight from Monday 4 January to Friday 15 January.

By midday on Tuesday, our team of staff picked and packed over 250 food parcels ready for collection from Wednesday 13 January. There are some handy recipe cards available and the food parcels contained a selection of the following food stuffs:

  • Apples, oranges and bananas
  • Cucumber, carrots, potatoes
  • Lettuce and tomato
  • Tuna, beans and tinned tomatoes
  • Pasta and bread

Click on the text below to view the recipe ideas.

Chartwells – Tasty Tomatoes JAN21

Chartwells – Baked Cheesy Wedges JAN21

Chartwells – Pasta Bake JAN21

Chartwells – Pasta Salad JAN21

Chartwells – Potato Crispies JAN21

Chartwells – Simple Potatoes 3 Ways JAN21

Chartwells – Tuna Melt JAN21

Chartwells – Pasta-bilities JAN1

As you can imagine, this was a huge logistical operation which must be completed under Covid safe procedures by colleagues who must also maintain 2 metre social distancing. Because fresh ingredients are included, collection will need to be before 3.00pm on the Friday so we will stagger the collections from Wednesday to Friday.

Week commencing Monday 18 January, we will be making up food parcels from our Covid Winter Food Fund delivery. We will text parents as and when they are ready for collection from Reception – they should hopefully be ready from Tuesday afternoon onwards. We can arrange for food parcels to be delivered to any families who are self-isolating.

Week commencing Monday 25 January, the Government’s national voucher scheme via Edenred will come into effect, the same as happened last summer.  Those of you who are on Mrs Pepper’s print and post list will continue to receive your vouchers in the post as previously agreed. Voucher codes for £15 per week per child will be issued to cover the three week period up until the end of this half term. Over the February half term, the local authority will be sending voucher codes to families via schools – as they did at Christmas.

In the meantime, so that we can maintain communication with you, it is essential that you keep us updated with your current and valid mobile number and email address as well as your and your child’s home address. To let us know of any changes, you can email

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding whilst we work through the myriad of challenges facing us all at present.

Enquiries regarding FSM food parcels or vouchers should be sent to: