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Free School Meal Hampers

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Letter for FSM Scheme

Food Hampers

Provided by BBA

We understand that during these uncertain times there are so many worries and concerns for parent(s)/ carer(s) at Bluecoat Beechdale Academy.

We have done everything in our power to ensure that home life is maintained and kept as ‘normal’ as it possibly can be.

Our staff have ordered and put together food hampers for parent(s)/ carer(s) of pupils at BBA that receive free school meals. We understand that shopping during these times and providing meals for you children is proving to be very difficult. Therefore, we have put together these hampers with your best interests at heart.

If you require further information regarding the hampers or think you are entitled but have not received any contact from our office, please email our office with your child’s name, year group and your name.

Please use the following recipes to get the most out of your hampers:

Here are some basic recipe ideas that you can make with some of the ingredients supplied in your hamper.


Tomato pasta bake (serves 4) – recommended as an evening meal

You will need:

  • 1 tin of tomatoes
  • 500g of pasta
  • 100g sliced/diced mushrooms
  • ½ diced onion
  • (You can add any additional herbs etc.… from your store cupboard)


  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil and add pasta and simmer for 8 mins
  2. Fry off onions and mushrooms add tomatoes and simmer for 5 – 10 mins
  3. Once boiled refresh pasta under running cold water and add to tomato’s and mushrooms
  4. Grate cheese on top (from your fridge)
  5. Put in oven for 20 mins at 180c until golden brown
  6. Serve with salad/garlic bread from your fridge/supplies

You can always add any additional items you may have to bulk up this meal e.g. Left oven cooked chicken etc.

Chicken pasta bake (serves 4) – recommended as an evening meal

  • 1 tin of chicken soup
  • 500g pasta
  • Optional surplus veg etc.


  1. Bring pan of water to the boil and add pasta and simmer for 8 mins
  2. Drain and refresh under cold running water and add to chicken soup
  3. Put in dish and warm in oven for 20 mins at 180 degrees Celsius/gas mark 5

*** Other ideas

You can use any leftover veg or other tins of soup to make into a curry using you spices etc. that you may have in your store cupboard

Egg fried rice (for protein)

You will need:

  • 2 eggs
  • ½ Onion
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 100g mushrooms
  • Optional garlic/peas or any other left overs


  1. Boil rice for 10 mins, then refresh under cold running water
  2. Fry off mushrooms and onion with a little hot oil and any seasoning you may have
  3. Warm up rice in microwave until warm, ideally above 82 degrees Celsius
  4. Whisk eggs into frying pan with mushrooms and onion, add the rice until egg is cooked through.
  5. You can also use vegetables if no eggs –   sauté the veg using stock cubes and add to rice

Beans on toast  – serves 1 (for protein)

You will need:

  • 1 / 2 slices of bread
  • Baked beans


  1. Toast bread
  2. Warm through baked beans
  3. Butter toast and add beans

Bread and butter pudding (ideal to use up any stale bread or left over toast)

You will need:

  • 4/6 slices of buttered bread
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ pint of milk
  • 4oz sugar
  • 4oz sultanas or dried fruit (from your store cupboard)


  1. Arrange sliced bread into a dish with the fruit
  2. Mix eggs, milk and sugar
  3. Pour over buttered bread and fruit
  4. Put into oven 150 degrees Celsius/ gas mark 4 for 25 – 30 mins until risen and golden

Apple sponge

You will need:

  • 1 apple
  • 150g margarine/butter
  • 150g sugar
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs


  1. Cream butter and sugar
  2. Add eggs and flour
  3. Peel and dice apples and add to saucepan with small amount of water and warm until softened
  4. Drain apple and add to sponge mixture
  5. Put in cake tin and cook in the oven at 160 degrees Celsius/gas mark 4 for 25 – 30 mins
  6. Until risen and golden brown

Fruit salad

To make sure you use up your fruit, you can always make a fruit salad with apples and oranges and any other fruit you may have any left over.

Simply peel and chop fruit and add to bowl and mix together

For extra vitamin C you can squeeze oranges to make your own fruit juice

To make the best of your food supplies and to save on wastage, remember to freeze any surplus requirements

Contact Us

Bluecoat Beechdale Academy
Harvey Rd
NG8 3GP (for Sat Nav purposes please use: NG8 3BB)

Tel: 0115 913 5211

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