Free School Meals

We want to make sure that we are providing your child with the best education and support we can.

Healthy school food has obvious health benefits and can help pupils establish healthy habits for life. Healthy school food can also help to improve pupils' readiness to learn.

Families who receive certain benefits may be eligible for free school meals. Your child is eligible for free school meals if you are in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190

Registering for free meals could also raise extra money for your child's school to fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities.

This additional money is available from central government for every child whose parents is receiving one of the benefits listed above.

To check if your child is eligible please apply via the newly launched Parent Portal at

The information you provide on this form will be used by Lincolnshire County Council to confirm receipt of one of the listed benefits. Once this is confirmed, this helps to decide how much money your child's school will receive each year.

You only need to complete this form once and it will last for the duration of your child's time at their current school. To avoid requesting this information again, Lincolnshire County Council will store your data securely and it will be checked periodically for eligibility.

For more information on school menus look on the 'School Dinners' section of the website. Meat and vegetarian options are available every day and most dietary requirements can be catered for.

FSM Guidance for Parents.pdf