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Fuel Zone (School Meals)


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Welcome to the Fuel Zone

The Catering and Facilities Management team cater for more than 300 education establishments across Glasgow, serving up almost 34,000 healthy and nutritionally balanced lunches each day.

Since its introduction, the Fuel Zone brand has transformed school catering, focusing on creating a bright, informal and encouraging atmosphere in which pupils can enjoy their lunch.

A new menu is designed each year following consultations with pupils, parents, teachers and the catering teams based in the schools. The Fuel Zone team ensure the new menus comply with the Schools Health Promotion and Nutrition (Scotland) Act 2007 and Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2020.

Glasgow's school meals have won numerous prestigious awards including two EDUcatering awards for Marketing and Innovation and most recently, the Healthy Living Innovation Award at the 2022 Scottish School Food Awards.

Glasgow also achieved the bronze level Food for Life Served Here Award in 2021, 2022 & 2023. This is a nationally recognised mark of food quality for school meals - accredited by Soil Association Scotland - which positively impact pupils, kitchen teams and the local economy.

In line with the Food for Life Served Here awarding criteria, all meals served in Glasgow primary schools meet the 13 standards associated with the bronze award. These include being free from trans fats and additives, the use of free-range eggs and welfare accredited meat, and they utilise ingredients from sustainable and ethical sources. At least 75% of dishes served in the Fuel Zone are freshly prepared using unprocessed ingredients.

All menus can be viewed under related documents.

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Primary Schools

Primary Schools provide Fuel Zone 123 Choices menu, a menu designed after extensive consultations with pupils, parents, and teachers, and one which also complies with the Schools Health Promotion and Nutrition (Scotland) Act 2007.

All school meals for pupils in primary one, two, three, four and five are free.  Parents will save £9.50 per week and their child will enjoy a tasty three-course lunchtime meal served with water or milk.  For pupils in primary six to seven, lunch costs just £1.90.

In Glasgow primary schools, free milk is available to all pupils at lunchtime.

We also offer a Big Breakfast initiative in primary schools, allowing parents to ensure their children have a healthy breakfast, setting them up for the school day ahead.

Secondary Schools

Secondary Fuel Zone Choices allow schools to select the most appropriate food stations for their needs and preferences. We offer a wide range of healthy menu options, and a great choice of vegetarian and halal food. 

For just £2.00, pupils can select a main item, a yogurt, milk/water, and can fill up on homemade soup, bread, fruit and vegetables. 

Between our Fuel Zones, cafes, and external food huts, Glasgow school children have an extensive choice of lunch options, all of which are healthy and comply with the Schools Health Promotion and Nutrition (Scotland) Act 2007. 

Our initiatives are all focussed around keeping children nourished as well as safe and within school grounds. We offer a competitive alternative to fast-food outlets and encourage pupils to eat healthier, more filling meals.


ParentPay is the online payment service used in all schools across Glasgow. 

You can pre-order your child's lunches in advance to allow us to prepare the correct quantities. 

If you have pre-ordered a school lunch and your child is no longer able to attend school that day, we would ask that you cancel your meal booking. 

Below are links to various video tutorials which can assist you in using and navigating the ParentPay system:

For more information please visit our Parentpay webpage.


Big Breakfast

Glasgow City Council primary school pupils can attend the breakfast service available every school day.

Big Breakfast operates in each of Glasgow's primary schools and offers every primary school pupil a nutritional and healthy breakfast prior to the start of the school day.

For those not currently entitled to a free school meal, a charge of £2 per day is made. For siblings, the oldest child pays £2 and subsequent children pay £1.

  • 6000 breakfasts served daily
  • 1.3 million breakfasts served each year
  • In some schools over 100 pupils attend
  • Pupils have a choice of cereal
  • Toast with spread and/or preserve
  • Fruit

The service is supervised and is safe and friendly.

Food for Life

Food for Life Scotland are the awarding body of the Food for Life Served Here (FFLSH) award. The award is given for serving up healthy school meals that have no negative impact on the environment and are good for the local economy and wider community. This is certified at three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Glasgow City Council achieved the FFLSH Bronze award across its 130 primary schools and 7 ASN schools last year and is currently working on its resubmission to retain the award for the coming year. Glasgow hopes to pursue the silver level award in the coming years. 

FFLSH Provenance Map


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