Online Free School Meals: more for children, more for schools

Free school meals are available to children whose families receive certain state benefits or credits. Their receipt often attracts additional sources of funding for eligible pupils.

As well as the obvious benefits for families, eligibility also attracts the Pupil Premium, the government’s flagship policy aimed at levelling the playing field. But applications for free school meals, and checking out those applications’ validity, are fraught with difficulty. Some parents are too embarrassed to apply, the validation routes are complex and the transactions take a long time, or simply fail - causing both frustration and waste. This helps no one. Not the children or their parents, nor schools or Local Authorities. That's where we come in...