Free School Meals

Free School Meals
You can apply for Free School Meals if you receive one of the following:
  • Income support
  • Job seeker’s allowance (Income based)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The “Guaranteed Element” of Pension Credit
  • Income Related Employment and support allowance benefit
Please apply at:  Free School Meals

Universal Free School Meals

From September 2014 all pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England are offered a free school meal (FSM). One year on from its launch, 95% of parents of the children taking up the offer are recognising the benefits for their child.  Almost one quarter (23%) of parents with children eating a free infant meal say the main benefit to their child is the greater variety of food they will now eat. The same proportion (23%) say they most value their child eating a proper meal at lunchtime, whilst almost one fifth (19%) say their child has enjoyed trying new foods.  The opportunity to eat together and socialise with friends was identified as the most important aspect by 15% of parents.  Parents are seeing the positive impact school meals can have on children’s eating habits, and the value of eating a ‘proper meal’ with friends at lunchtime.