Free School Meals

How to Apply

Please first visit the government website to establish whether you meet the criteria to qualify for free school meals:

Please note that contributions-based benefits, including contribution-related Jobseekers´ Allowance do not entitle you to claim free school meals.

If you meet the criteria, apply by using the application form.

Applications are usually processed within five working days. You will be notified in writing, either by post or email, if your child is entitled and the Local Authority will also let the school know. You should continue to pay until confirmation comes through. Schools may be able to arrange reimbursement of payment made while your entitlement is being confirmed.

Free school meals claims cannot be backdated. They are awarded from the date North Yorkshire County Council receive the application, once eligibility is confirmed. This is because there is a legal requirement for a request to be made, before a free school meal can be provided.

If you are not entitled to free school meals, you will be notified in writing.