Free School Meal and FSM Voucher information (from January 2021)
Check if you qualify
If you would like us to check if you are eligible for free school meals, complete the consent form (below) and send it to email@example.com. We can check your eligibility and let you know right away. Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- 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 guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2022.
Information from Edenred for parents and carers about the national free school meals voucher scheme
The National Free School Meals Voucher scheme will go live week commencing 18 January 2021.
For parents and carers who want to know more about it, here’s an overview of how the scheme works.
- Every school has the option to use the national voucher scheme, but they also have the choice to put in place other arrangements. Your school will be able tell you how you will receive free school meal support.
- The scheme will provide free school meal vouchers to cover the four-week period between 18 January – 12 February 2021.
- Schools will place the initial voucher orders on behalf of families between Monday 18 and Wednesday 20 January 2021. Your school will decide how often you receive your vouchers.
- Once the order has been placed, families will receive an email with an eCode which you can redeem for a supermarket eGift card.
- eCodes are 16-digit numbers which cannot be used directly with a supermarket and have to be redeemed first at www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk.
- eGift cards are the vouchers that can be printed or shown on a phone to spend in store.
- Some eGift cards can be spent online – for details of where you can do this please read our guide here.
- There are ten retailers participating on the scheme. You get to choose which one you want to spend your vouchers with when you redeem your eCode.
- It may take up to four days after your school placed its order before you receive your eCode. Please check your email inbox as well as your junk mail folder.
- If you haven’t received your eGift card it’s worth checking your junk or trash folder. If it hasn’t arrived after 24 hours you can re-order by completing the form here.
- Free school meals vouchers can only be used for food and groceries. They should not be redeemed for any non-food items such as electronic goods, clothing or media, or any age-restricted items, such as alcohol, cigarettes or lottery tickets.