COVID-19 How to Claim Free School Meals

From today, the Council has set up a scheme to help with food costs for families who are facing additional financial challenges due to the COVID -19 virus.

To qualify your family must be Manchester residents or supported by the Homelessness Service. The criteria is:

  • Children and young people who meet the criteria for free school meals
  • Children and young people who are classed as an asylum seeker
  • Children and young people whose family has been hardest hit by the recent issues and may be waiting for benefits to be assessed or have a gap in their income due to being laid off etc.

The contribution towards a lunchtime meal is £2.00 per day (£10 per week) for each school child or young person in the household.

Manchester City Council will be able to pay this money within a few days by the following methods:

  • A bank transfer into a nominated bank account
  • A secure text message that can be used to access cash from a range of Paypoint outlets in the city
  • A voucher that can be printed and can then be exchanged for cash from a range of Paypoint outlets in the city.

To make an application please submit a request via the Council’s Welfare Provision Scheme by clicking the following link: Apply For Free School Meals

Free School Meals Council Letter(PDF)


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