Neville Bann, chair of the city's education committee told BBC Radio Four's Today programme:
'The interpretation that we are going to cut the meals for pupils on free school dinners is a ridiculous suggestion, it's misleading and it's highly mischievous'.
Cutting the schools meals budget is only one of the options put to the committee, Mr Bann said. The committee would consider many other ways of making the £25m savings before it looked at school meals cuts, he told the programme.
Cllr Bann told the paper:
'I want to stress that none of the options (to reduce the budget) include offering smaller portions to those pupils who receive free meals as opposed to those who pay for meals,' he said.
'Such claims are, at best, a misunderstanding of the position or, at worst, malicious scaremongering.'