Free School Meals (FMS)

14th April 2020

Benefits Based Free School Meal Vouchers Information: who is eligible?

The following information has been taken from the DfE’s guidance as to which families are eligible to receive the vouchers:

Will every child at home due to school closures receive support?

This support focuses on those eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

Will pupils who become newly eligible for free school meals be supported?


Schools and local authorities should continue to accept free school meal applications. Parents should make contact with the school or local authority, who will verify eligibility and award free school meals.

What about infants that receive a free meal under universal infant free school meals?

It is right that schools concentrate their effort and resources on those who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals at this time. There is no requirement to continue to provide universal infant free school meals to pupils in Reception, Year 1, or Year 2 who are unable to attend school. Children in those year groups who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals will be supported.

If your circumstances have changed recently and you may now be eligible for benefits based Free School Meals follow this link:

We would encourage parents to check and if you still have any questions or require further information then please call 0208 764 2923 or email

We have uploaded the information to Edenred’s website and have requested that ecodes are sent directly to the email addresses parents have provided the school. Please look out for this in your inbox. The link for parents and carers is:

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