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Free school meals during COVID-19

Find out how to receive free school meals while schools are closed.

If you are a family who did not previously qualify for free school meals but whose income has reduced or stopped due to the coronavirus crisis, you may now qualify based on your new financial circumstances.

We encourage all parents and carers who have not yet applied for free school meals to apply if you think you may qualify.

Your child’s school will arrange for you to receive food vouchers if you are eligible.

Am I eligible to receive free school meals for my child?

If you are in receipt of any of the following benefits you may be eligible to receive free school meals for your child:

• Universal Credit – net earnings threshold of £7400 from April 2018
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseekers Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
• Child Tax Credit – net earnings threshold of £16190.00 from April 2018
• Guarantee element of pension credit
• Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

How to apply

Use the link below to apply and confirm your child's eligibility for free school meals.

You only need to apply once for each child. If you are not eligible now, please be aware that any new Universal Credit claims may delay a result, in these cases we will contact you directly and advise you on the progress of the application

Apply for free school meals

If you are found eligible we will send a notification to your child’s school, who will contact you.

If your child attends a school in another borough, you will have to make enquiries at the school to find out how you apply for free school meals.

If you are a family who previously received free school meals for your child then you should still be receiving these through your school.

Summer Food Fund

Through the Covid Summer Food Fund, schools can support eligible pupils with a £90 voucher to cover the 6-week holiday period. 

For more information see the government guidance on the Summer Food Fund.