Free school meals

Free school meals

Every child in Reception class, Year 1, and Year 2 in any state-funded school gets a free school meal every day.

Older children can also get free school meals, but you have to apply.

Your child will get a free school meal if you receive a qualifying benefit, and your child is either:

  • at school
  • studying in further education, or
  • at a Sixth Form college
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