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Free School Meals

Parents/carers eligible for free school meals could save themselves hundreds of pounds each year by applying.

Children and young people can have free school meals, if their family is receiving: 

  • income-based jobseeker's allowance;
  • income-related employment and support allowance;  or
  • child tax credit, (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

The school will ask to see a letter showing that the young person or their family is currently receiving one of these payments.

You will need to contact your child's school directly for more information and to apply.
Find you child's school.


Wandsworth FSM vouchers are issued based on school breaks published here:

FSM vouchers are issued on the Wednesday before each school break via (same company as For each voucher issued, one text message and one email is sent to the email and phone number contacts associated to the eligible child. These contacts are maintained by schools so any email or phone number change request must be addressed to the relevant school.

The text message or email that parents receive should contain a link. Parents should follow step by step guidance on how to access their voucher:

Parents can login at any time to view their vouchers. This can be done via any browser or through mobile app (link to download app here). Below are the necessary steps to login to via browser:

Parents can check the balance of their voucher at any time. Instructions depend on the retailer selected. Guidance for each retailer can be found in the following link:

Vouchers can be used online or in store and do not have to be printed or downloaded.

Any technical issues with the platform ( should be addressed to their customer service support team (

For any query not covered by the above or by the dedicated Recipients FAQ section, please refer to Voucher and holiday support


The government have permanently extended free school meal eligibility to include some children of groups who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF), subject to maximum income thresholds.

These groups include, but may not be limited to children of:

  • Zambrano carers
  • families who have no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • families receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 who are also subject to a no recourse to public funds restriction
  • a subset of failed asylum seekers supported under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Chen carers
  • families holding a BN(O) passport
  • spousal visa holders
  • work visa holders
  • student visa holders
  • those with no immigration status

The maximum income threshold differs based on your location and the number of children that your family has.

More details are on the GOV.UK website

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Last updated: 14 Jul 2022