Free School Meals

Is your child eligible for a free school meal?

Please see information below that will help determine if a child is eligible for a free school meal.  To apply or find out more information, please contact:

The Benefits Service
PO Box 3
Manchester M15 5BA
Telephone: 0161 234 5003


The school will be notified when an application for a free school meal has been made and we will be able to provide free school meals for a short period whilst the claim is being assessed.  If the claim is approved then the child will receive free school meals on an ongoing basis whilst the parent(s) remain eligible.

General rules:

  • Your child must be at school (not a day nursery or children's centre)
  • Your child must live with you and be your responsibility

You must also get:

  • Income Support, or
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, or
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance, or
  • The guaranteed part of Pension Credit, or
  • Child Tax credit

You can also claim free school meals if you are an asylum seeker.