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Free school meals

How to claim:

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 all qualify for a free school meal (Universal Infant Free School Meal) worth up to £418 per year, per child; you do not need to apply for this, simply contact your child's primary school.

Year 3 and above

For school pupils in Year 3 and above they could qualify for a free school meal if you receive:

  • 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)

To apply, you should contact your Area Education Office. You will be required to provide your:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • National Insurance Number

More information can be found on Lancashire County Council's free school meals page.