The Free School Meal Daily Allowance will automatically be added to your child’s account on the cashless system. This system removes the need for queuing for FSM tickets and allows students to remain anonymous. No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.
Around 18 million UK children are entitled to free school meals but more than 330,000 students don’t get their entitlement. Often parents do not realise that they are entitled to them.
Children who eat well during the day concentrate better in lessons. Sitting down to a meal together is an important part of a child’s social education.
Other reasons why free school meals are important:
In England 21% of students are eligible for free school meals. You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:
You can also claim if you are an asylum seeker
If you think you child could be entitled to Free School Meals contact MCC Revenues and Benefits unit on 0161 234 5003 (Manchester residents) or Trafford Revenues and Benefits Unit on 0161 921 2000 (Trafford residents) to discuss the matter further.
Parents and carers are responsible for liaising with the benefits department and ensuring the claim is processed as quickly as possible. Please note that the Academy has the right to refuse free lunches if we feel the claim is not progressing appropriately.