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Free school meals

Support during the COVID-19 pandemic

During the lockdown announcement on 4 January, the Prime Minister announced that extra support will be available to ensure that pupils entitled to free school meals will continue to receive them while schools are closed. This support is being managed directly by schools, and all eligible families have been contacted directly by their child’s school with information about how they can access it.

Support for families of children eligible for free school meals during school holidays

The Department for Education has launched a Winter Fund grant to allow us to support children eligible for free school meals during the Christmas and February half term holidays. This support will be issued directly to parents through their children’s schools. Eligibility criteria and details on applying for free school meals can be found using the links above.

Free school meals

Your child will get a free school meal if you receive a qualifying benefit, and your child is:

  • at school
  • studying in further education
  • at a sixth form college

Find out how to apply for free school meals