Applying for Free School Meals Status
Weekly Shopping Vouchers Worth £15 to Spend at Supermarkets While Schools Are Closed Due to Coronavirus
Children eligible for free school meals are benefitting from a national voucher scheme allowing them to continue to access meals whilst they stay at home.
As a school we are able to now provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus.
The vouchers can be spent on food and the scheme developed by the DfE and Edenred is helping to make sure children who usually benefit from free school meals still have access to healthy and nutritious meals while they are not attending school. It is not too late to apply to see if you are entitled to these vouchers! Simply fill out the linked form and return to the office or e-mail email@example.com and we will do the rest!
Link to Free School Meals Application Form
Could your child entitled to Free School Meals?
If so, they qualify for Pupil Premium which is additional funding the school receives and this additional money is provided to support our children from central government.
Your child could be eligible for Pupil Premium if you currently receive one of the following:
- Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400);
- Income Support;
- Income - based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
- Income - related Employment and Support Allowance;
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
- The guarantee element of Pension Credit;
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit.
Does my child have to eat the free school meals?
No. Pupils who are registered for free school meals don’t have to eat them. If you are eligible but you want your child to have a packed lunch you should still register because of the other benefits to your child and the school.
How do I register?
Ask the school office for a form, or download the from here. We will send this to Lambeth Council who will contact the school with the outcome of the application. If you are unsure, please do ask a member of the office staff who will be more than happy to help you.
You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Since Sept. 2014, all Reception, Y1 and Y2 children have qualified for free school meals, regardless of family income. But some of these children are also entitled to pupil premium and the huge benefits this brings. It is really important that we access the funding your child is entitled to.