We believe that Dumfries and Galloway is the best place in Scotland to live, learn, work, visit and grow.
We have unspoilt scenery, a spectacular coastline and contrasting landscapes, with forests and lochs, hills and rolling plains, rugged cliffs and sandy beaches. We have beautiful countryside, bustling market towns, a mild climate and a wealth of history and heritage.
DGFirst provides catering for schools, meals on wheels, leisure centres and for private and public functions. We have 12 managers within our Management Team, 11 staff within our central distribution store, 361 catering staff across 16 secondary schools and 96 primary schools and leisure centre café’s. All our catering staff are trained in food hygiene. Catering Managers are qualified to Intermediate Food Hygiene standards, whilst Catering Assistants are qualified to Basic Food Hygiene standards. All staff are CookSafe aware.
Each year we produce approximately 2 million school meals, 22,424 meals on wheels and in any year we can provide function catering for more than 60,000 customers. We have provided catering for royal banquets, informal public barbeques and private meetings.
All the food we prepare uses products sourced under our Naturally D&G brand. We have strict guidelines for preparation, cooking and presentation, and we pride ourselves on our customer service, which we believe is second to none.
Our central store area includes ambient food stock, as well as fridge and freezer produce. The central store is the hub of our operation and controls logistics for over 3,700 deliveries each year within the region, using our vehicle fleet, which comprises of 3 large temperature controlled delivery vehicles.
We hope that you enjoy looking through our website. You’ll find information on menus and what is being served in our primary and secondary schools – you’ll also see information on promotions, events and news items. we hope you find it informative and interesting. If you would like us to feature other information on the website please let us know by phoning 030 33 33 3000..
In Dumfries & Galloway, like all Scottish local authorities, we are bound by The Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Act 2007, which means we have to create a balanced nutritious menu over the week and we can’t sell certain items such as chocolate, carbonated drinks and full fat crisps. However ensuring our pupils have a balanced diet doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy their favourites. Fish and chips, macaroni and cheese, and steak pie will always be on our menus – it just means that we can’t put them on every day!
A lot of thought goes into all our menus to ensure there’s always something that the pupils will like. We place health promotion and the preparation of delicious food at the heart of our service and by doing that we aim to put a smile on all our pupils’ faces. School meals are constantly changing and children can benefit from the experience of eating with others, developing a taste for different foods.
In addition to the menus shown on this website, we provide specific meals for children of different ethnic origin, and we can prepare special diets for children where necessary. Just ask us and we will discuss your child’s requirements in full
If you want to know anything else about our school meals service contact us on 030 33 33 3000.