Free School Meals

If you are in receipt of income support or other means tested benefits, then your child is entitled to a free school meal. Please make a claim and use your entitlement – it is a pity to waste it.


You can get free school meals if you receive any one of the following:


  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income related Employment Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit  - as long as you have a yearly household income of less than £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) and do not get Working Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit.


Apply online for Free School Meals for an instant decision with link below.

If you receive Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support there is no need to complete the form - just contact the council Tel: 0151 233 3009 and they will update your details to include free school meals. 


How to claim


For Liverpool residents, it is quickest to apply online for an immediate decision. The online application form checks whether your child is eligible and gives you an instant answer.

Apply Online Now For An Immediate Decision, just click this Link:

If you live in Liverpool and already receive free school meals but wish to register another child, just contact the council Tel: 0151 233 3009 instead of completing the form again.



Foster parents already receive funding and are not eligible for free school meals.


If you claim Universal Credit Click link below to download a paper application form and return to: Liverpool City Council, Benefits Service, PO Box 13, L69 2JG.


Free School Meals


18 and over?


If you are over 18 and still attend school, you can claim for free school meals if you receive any of the first three allowances listed above.

Knowsley Residents should contact their council Tel: 0151 443 4042 or complete a Knowsley FSM application form


How are school meals paid?

If your claim is successful the school will be notified that your child can have free school meals (FSM). School will ensure that this information is treated with the strictest confidence and handled sensitively.

We know from our records that lots of parents do not claim their entitlement of a Free School Meal for their son/daughter, or feel that they can cope without - which not only loses the opportunity for them to receive a free daily meal, but also loses money for the school. We receive additional funds for each and every student claiming free school meals, called Pupil Premium, based on the number of students claiming free school meals, and provides extra funding for us to support your child. School positively encourages parents to apply for FSM.

If parents have reservations that their child may be embarrassed or singled out, let us assure you that our cashless catering system makes it impossible to differentiate between those students receiving free school meals and those whose parents have paid in advance. Other students would not know who is on FSM.  It simply means that your child has an allowance for a free school meal every day, without the worry.

Don't lose your entitlement, claim Free School Meals, it's quick and easy - make an application now online for an immediate decision. Please find the link to apply near the top of this page.