Universal free school meals for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils
From September 2014 all children in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England will receive free school meals. The government made this decision after a recommendation in the School Food Plan. This is very exciting news and has fantastic benefits for children, parents and the schools.
Not only are school meals healthy, pilot projects who trialled universal free school meals showed that the children that had a school meal were 2-3 months ahead academically compared to children who did not have one.
Please see the frequently asked questions below for more information. Further information is available at the school food plan website and the childrens food trust website.
Did you know – if you’re on benefits, your child may be entitled to free school meals no matter what year they are in!
Every day children and young people across Leeds are missing out on their free school meal. Child Friendly Leeds encourages families to check if they are eligible – it could save £430 per year per child.
Families who are entitled to free school meals are in receipt of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit with an annual income of less than £16,190, provided they are not receiving Working Tax Credit
- The ‘Guaranteed’ element of the State Pension Credit
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Please note: people receiving Working Tax Credit, regardless of their income level, do not qualify.
We’re working hard to make sure our school lunches are tasty, and healthy, as well as making lunchtime comfortable and fun for everyone.
To find out if you are eligible ask at the school office or call Leeds Revenues and Benefits Service on 0113 222 4404.
Year 10 pupils in Leeds have recorded a series of videos, which are available to view by clicking on the You Tube link to the top right of this page..
See related pages below for more information about school meals.
Please can you help us to encourage families to check if they are eligible; there are posters and a flyer available in the downloads section.