Free school meals

Apply for free school meals

Children in Reception Class, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to free school meals regardless of any qualifying benefit. However, parents and carers are encouraged to complete the application form below as schools receive £1,300 per completed application form. This money is solely for the school. Even if you do not want your child to receive a free meal, don’t let your school miss out on this important extra funding that will benefit your child.

Parents of children in other year groups and in secondary schools must still apply for a free meal and your eligibility will be checked. With the introduction of universal credit, some of the eligibility criteria has changed. Please read our letter about free school meals and universal credit.

Free School Meal Application Form

Your application will take approximately 2 weeks to process.

Emergency school meals

If you are making a new application, your child’s school can provide emergency meals for up to 4 weeks from the date you give them a completed application form along with proof that you receive benefits. The school will add a note to the application form to confirm the date the emergency meals started and pass it on to us for processing. The school will not be able to provide emergency meals without seeing proof of eligibility.

If you completed an application form last year and we checked your eligibility for free school meals on the ECS, you will not need to complete another application form. If we can't verify that the requirements are still met, we will contact you by letter to ask for proof of eligibility.

Change of school or address

If your child changes school or you move, you must inform us by calling 020 7641 3412.


School meals

We worked with schools in Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham, and Kensington and Chelsea to select our school meals service. The new service provides the highest quality meals and puts money back into classrooms and teaching.

After a thorough procurement process, we are delighted to announce Caterlink has been awarded the contract for 37 nurseries, and primary and special schools in Westminster. 

Alongside providing students with school meals, Caterlink is also building ‘kitchen gardens’ in Westminster primary schools so that pupils can see healthy vegetables growing and get a better understanding of where their food comes from.

Visit the My School Lunch website for more information.

Get involved

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Last updated: 24 April 2019