Pupils will be served a meal fit for Royalty as the City of Wolverhampton Council's Catering Service celebrates the Queen's 90th birthday.
Primary, infant and junior schools across the city are set to host "street parties" in their dining rooms, with bunting, Union flag trays and a special menu of buffet-style party food.
The tasty treats will include favourite buffet items followed by a choice of desserts including a happy birthday cupcake and fresh fruit platter.
The 90th birthday celebration on Friday (10 June, 2016) is just one of a series of special menus offered throughout the year to mark key events like Christmas, Diwali and Bonfire Night.
Councillor Peter Bilson, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for City Assets, said: "Pupils are really looking forward to getting into the party spirit and celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday with a special menu on Friday.”
The Catering Service prepares tens of thousands of hot lunches for children and young people in Wolverhampton every week.
The menus have been developed with help from pupils, parents and school catering staff, and offer plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as popular favourites such as roast dinners, pizza, sausage and mash and hot puddings.
There are also vegetarian options every day, while dishes for special diets can be prepared by prior arrangement. In addition, secondary school pupils can choose from a range of light bites and sandwiches, cakes and drinks.
All infant-aged pupils in Wolverhampton – those in Reception and Year 1 and Year 2 – are eligible for a free lunch thanks to the Government’s Universal Infant Free School Meals scheme. Many children and young people in Years 3 and above – and nursery-aged children receiving full-time education – also receive free school meals if their families meet eligibility requirements.
Councillor Bilson added: "Studying hard and growing fast means children can often be hungry, so it's very important they eat regular nutritious meals – and we are really proud of the school meals we serve up to thousands of local pupils every day.
“Our experienced catering staff produce meals which are very high quality and meet a wide range of dietary requirements. Above all, they are affordable, nutritious and delicious, and even if parents are not eligible for free school meals, they still offer remarkably good value."
To check out the primary and secondary school menus, which are offered on a three week rotating basis, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/catering. For more information on free school meals, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals.