Sign up for school meals

School meals offer great value for money and provide your child with a nutritious, tasty meal cooked fresh every day.

School meals are:

  • Nutritionally balanced to ensure they are low in fat, sugar and salt and high in vitamins and minerals – healthier than many packed lunches
  • Helping your child to concentrate throughout the day – a hot meal at lunch-time provides energy – as well as encouraging them to try new foods
  • Produced to a high quality using locally produced ingredients
  • Helping your child to learn the social skills that eating and interacting with others brings
  • Great value for money - £1.80 for a primary school meal and £1.85 for a secondary meal deal.
  • View our latest menus: Primary School Two Choice Menu  Primary School Three Choice Menu  Secondary School Menu
  • Under the Government’s Universal Infant Free School Meals Initiative, all pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 can now receive a free school lunch

Free school meals

If you submit a claim for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction and you are in receipt of one of the qualifying incomes listed below, we will automatically assess your entitlement to Free School Meals (FSM). This is completed at the point that we assess your entitlement to Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction. There is no need for Knowsley residents to apply separately for FSM.

School meals are free for your child or children if you receive:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • An income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

You are not entitled to free school meals if you receive Working Tax Credit.

Apply for school meals

To apply for free school meals, complete the free school meals application form and return to any One Stop Shop.

School meals application form (Word)