During this period of school closure, free school meal vouchers are available for pupils of families who meet the qualifying criteria for normal free school meals, i.e. due to their low household income/benefits entitlement. Other pupils who were receiving free infant dinners due to universal infant free school meal funding will not receive vouchers.
During these challenging times, we do expect that family's situations will change. If you believe your entitlement should be reviewed, please follow the procedure below.
Steps to take
1. View the DCC website's Free School Meals page to check your eligibility and to apply.
2. If you have applied over the phone, or have a confirmation email from applying online you can forward, please email the outcome of your FSM application to your school's email address: John King - email@example.com Longwood - firstname.lastname@example.org
3. A member of our school office team will confirm the details with the DCC FSM team and then get in contact with you about ordering vouchers.
We are now using the Department for Education's free school meal voucher provider Edenred. This provides our eligible free school meal pupils with a voucher worth £15 a week (£3 per day meal value). Our first batch of vouchers have been sent to eligible families on the 6th April 2020 to cover the two week Easter holiday period (10 days). These have been sent by email to the primary email contact we hold for our pupils as an 'eCode' - a 16 digit code with an assigned voucher value.
The email contains instructions for how to redeem the eCode, including selecting the preferred supermarket. If a family has more than one child in the same school they will receive one voucher worth the total value for their children, e.g. a £30 voucher for one week for 2 FSM eligible pupils at John King or Longwood. If you have an eligible child at Kirkstead then you will receive a second email for that child(ren).
Please note, the eCode will expire after 1 month and cannot be used to purchase restricted products such as cigarettes and alcohol.
The email also provides a link to the Department for Education's voucher scheme frequently asked questions (FAQs). If you have any queries about the vouchers that you believe school needs to help with, please email email@example.com.