Free School Meals
Universal Infant Free School Meals:
From September 2014 all infant aged children are entitled to a free school meal.
Parents do not have to apply for the free meals, but it would help with our budget if parents who think they may meet the criteria for free meals for older children still completed an application form for free meals. A large proportion of our budget is allocated based on the percentage of children eligible for free school meals.
Do I qualify for Benefits Related Free School Meals?
Your child qualifies for benefits related free school meals if you are getting one of the following support payments:
- Income Support
- Job Seekers Allowance
- Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credits (but NOT Working Tax Credit), and your annual income is no more than £16,190.
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit element only)
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Universal Credit – your household earnings must be less than £7,400 a year (£616.67 per month
– after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Children must be in education before and after lunch to qualify for free school meals.
How do I claim Free Schools Meals for my child?
If your child qualifies for free school meals, download and complete the Free School Meal Application Form, and send it back to Derby City Council, at the address on the form.
Coronavirus COVID-19 National Free School Meal Voucher Scheme:
Edenred Scheme has been resurrected for use from January 2021:
Please see the parent user guide available here: Parent User Guide
If you continue to experience difficulties please email email@example.com
Christmas Holidays 2020:
The government have announced they will extend the free school meal vouchers for families entitled to benefits related free school meals for the Christmas Holidays. We are using Schoolvouchers.com to distribute these. Eligible families have been contacted by us, in order to ensure we have up to date email addresses for you. Vouchers will be sent direct from School Vouchers. A video for how to redeem your vouchers is available at the bottom of this page.
A letter explaining these vouchers can be found here: Free School Meal Christmas. Once you have selected your retailer, you should receive the voucher within 30 minutes. However, Asda & Morrisons will be the next working evening if ordered after 1pm.
The vouchers will expire after:
Asda – 2 years
Morrisons – 1 year
Aldi – 5 years
Tesco – 5 years
Sainsburys – 2 years
Iceland – 1 year
Only Asda & Sainsburys can be used online.
April to August 2020:
We will share your details in order for you to get the government vouchers from Edenred.
More details can be found below: