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.

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