Schools are still supporting children who are eligible for free school meals during coronavirus, even if they’re not attending. This includes schools that are only open for certain groups or are closed.
The government has said that free school meals will also be available during the summer holidays this year in England and Wales.
Who can apply
Children in reception, year 1 and year 2 are entitled to free school meals regardless of your household income. Other children may be eligible if you get:
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)