Free school meals

Schools will continue to provide free school meals to eligible pupils.

This may be a hot or cold meal in school (for those still attending) or a meal / food parcel delivered / collected.

From 31 March 2020 a national scheme to provide supermarket vouchers online was launched where schools can send an eCode from the system directly to the parent or carers of the pupil(s) eligible or choose a supermarket voucher for those who have no access to an email address or the internet. 

You should check with your child's school regarding the arrangements they have made.

The Government has announced the Covid Summer Food Fund, where schools can support eligible pupils with a £90 voucher to cover the 6-week holiday period.

Parents must order the voucher at least one week before their school term ends, and it will be issued to the family within 7 days unless parents have specified a distribution date further in the future. For example, schools closing on 17 July must place orders for all vouchers by 10 July.

Advice to help adults with caring responsibilities look after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people has also been published.

If you are expecting a child or have a child under 4 years old

You may be eligible for the Healthy Start Programme, a government scheme to help expectant mothers, new parents and their children to eat healthily and get the nutrition they need. People who are eligible get Healthy Start Vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, as well as vouchers every eight weeks for vitamins.

Furloughed workers planning to take paid parental or adoption leave

Furloughed workers planning to take paid parental or adoption leave will be entitled to pay based on their usual earnings rather than a furloughed pay rate.