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Free school meals

Find out how to apply for free school meals for children that attend school in Westminster.

How do I apply for the government free school meals?

We are currently undertaking maintenance work on the free school meal application form and are unable to process new applications at the moment.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

You can apply for free school meals by registering a MyWestminster account. Once you complete and submit your application, it will be checked against the Department of Education’s Eligibility Checking Service.  

This will be done as you complete the details in the application form and will check eligibility based on the benefits you receive: 

  • if you are eligible, you will receive an immediate notification after completing the application form. We will then email you and the school to confirm the start date of your child’s free school meals – usually the next working day 

  • if the result is uncertain, you will be asked to upload further evidence of your benefit(s) before completing the application form - this will be reviewed   

We are unable to backdate claims for free school meals to cover unpaid dinner money, or to refund dinner money paid prior to the date of a successful application

MyWestminster account 

Please ensure the person applying is the benefit recipient and also the parent or guardian. 

You will need to register for a  MyWestminster account. This is to ensure all of your data is secure and protected. 

Please have the following information available: 

  • children’s full name(s)   
  • date(s) of birth 
  • evidence of benefits received 
  • National Insurance Number or National Immigration and Asylum Support Number 

Published: 13 April 2021

Last updated: 23 January 2024