Who is eligible?
Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
•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)
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
If your child is eligible for and registered to receive free school meals between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2023, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary / Year 6 or secondary / Year 11) they’re in on 31 March 2023.
Free School Meal Application
You may be able to claim free school meals for your child if you meet the Government’s eligibility criteria and your child is a full-time student at a school in Wolverhampton. For more information please visit the Local Authority Website
Covid Summer Food Fund Vouchers
The Covid Summer Food Fund vouchers are only available for children with a benefits-related FSM claim registered on or before the end of term (Friday 17 July 2020). This is not the same as the Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) scheme which provides free meals to all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 when they are attending school.
The City of Wolverhampton Council, the NHS in Wolverhampton and Public Health England are working together to stop the spread of the coronavirus. To keep up to date with key national guidance and local information please visit: www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-and-information
The national voucher provider, Edenred, has prepared a list of FAQs for parents and carers (https://www.edenred.co.uk/Documents/DfE/DfE_FreeSchoolMeals_ParentCarerFAQs.pdf)
If you have any questions about the vouchers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your query.
Vouchers must not be used for age-restricted items, such as alcohol, cigarettes or lottery tickets.
Unfortunately, the Free School Meals team at City of Wolverhampton Council cannot help with queries about vouchers or food provision.