Free school meals are currently in place for reception to year 2 children and pupils from low-income families.
For 1 academic year only (September 2023 to July 2024), primary and junior schools will deliver free school meals for all primary-age children from years 3 to 6.
Parents/carers will need to liaise with their child's school directly for information on how to access these free school meals, as some schools will deliver them through internal caterers and other schools will use external caterers (where parents may need to pre-order).
More information will be made available through your child's school.
Your free school meals provider will contact you to confirm entitlement has started.
Your child will continue to receive free school meals for as long as your eligibility can be confirmed.
Please note: We are unable to backdate claims for free school meals to cover unpaid dinner money, or to refund dinner money paid prior to the date of a successful application.
Changes to your benefit entitlement
Please contact your child's school immediately if your benefit changes or ends, as it may mean you no longer qualify for free school meals. If it is found that you did not notify us that you were no longer entitled to claim free school meals, you will be invoiced for the cost of all school meals taken free to which your child(ren) were not entitled.
Benefit Helpline: 0345 300 3900 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm, and Saturday, 8am to 4pm)