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Free School Meals

Free School Meals at St Christopher’s

School meals are free for lots of families. Check if you are eligible to apply!

So much more than lunch...a free school meal:

  • creates healthy eating habits
  • improves learning and behaviour
  • saves money and time
  • helps schools get extra funding

To find out more and for help to apply please contact: fsm.east@lancashire.gov.uk or 0300 123 6701

Can I apply?

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Universal Credit with a household income of less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
  • Income-Based Jobseekers’ Allowance
  • Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, not entitled to Working Tax Credit and household income less than £16,190
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run on’ - the payment you receive for a further four weeks after you finish work

If your child is currently eligible for free school meals, that eligibility will be protected until Universal Credit is introduced (expected 31 March 2025) even if your circumstances change. If your child is still in education on this date, they will be eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they are in.If you have a younger child starting school in September and you are no longer eligible, they will not be protected because this would be a new claim.

You can find out more and complete an application form available from your local Area Education Office, or from the Lancashire County Council website. The completed application form should be sent to your local Area Education Office.

Kind regards,

Mrs S Eckersley
Business Manager