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 - £2.00 for a primary school meal and £2.05 for a secondary meal deal
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  • 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

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 (but not if you are in work and receive Working Tax Credit)
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 a month)


How to apply

If you submit a claim for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction and you are in receipt of one of the qualifying incomes listed above, 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 you to apply separately for FSM.

If you are in receipt of Universal Credit and have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400, you should complete the ‘application form for free school meals’ below.  

Note: 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.

Apply for school meals

Residents in receipt of Universal Credit should complete the free school meals application form and return it to any One Stop Shop.
School meals application form (Word)

Uniform grants

A decision was taken by the council that from the school year 2013/2014 Knowsley residents will not be eligible for Uniform Grants for their children.