Free School Meals
Government FSM Voucher Scheme (COVID-19)
We wrote to families with children who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) with details of this scheme at the beginning of April. If your child is eligible for FSM but you don’t appear to have received an email about the scheme from us, please check your junk or spam email folder.
The scheme is operated by Edenred. Their eCodes can be redeemed for preferred supermarket vouchers at www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk at a rate of £15 per eligible child, per school week. If you have children at more than one school using the scheme then you will receive separate eCodes.
Please note there has been very high demand due to the millions of Edenred vouchers ordered for UK families and this has caused some delays in eCodes being generated and sent.
If you are expecting to, but do not appear to have received email from Edenred, please check your spam or junk email folder.
From Monday 27 April, eCodes will be sent fortnightly to cover two week periods in term time.
For further information, please see the scheme's Frequently Asked Questions for parents/carers.
Update 16 June - the government reversed its decision not to provide vouchers for the May half term period; additional voucher codes will be sent to families as soon as possible. In addition, the press has reported that the government intends to provide vouchers over the summer holiday. We will provide more information when it is available.
Update 26 June - full details of the COVID Summer Food Fund have now been announced by the government. We will request additional eCodes to the value of £90 per child which will cover the period of the six-week summer break. These will be sent from Edenred to eligible families before the end of term. Please note:
- Some supermarkets have a maximum limit of £200 for each eGift card, so we will order separate eCodes for families with more than 2 eligible children at our school.
- Vouchers do not have to be redeemed in a single shopping trip – they can be used repeatedly until the voucher’s balance reaches £0. To check how much money is left on the eGift card, families can ask the supermarket’s customer services team when in store.
- For further information, please see the scheme's Parent Guide and Frequently Asked Questions for parents/carers.
Have your circumstances changed, could your child be entitled to Free School Meals?
As well as receiving the equivalent of £390 per year in free school meals, you could also get help with costs for schools trips or revision materials for your child. You must however, register for Free School Meals to receive this financial support.
Your child and school can benefit in many ways even if your child does not want to take up school breakfast and lunches.
We can check your child's eligibility (scroll past the post code checker to see the criteria) for free school meals if you complete the eligibility form below and return it to Mrs Maskell.
For further information please contact Mrs Maskell at Karen.Maskell@thehoward.thpt.org.uk.