This is the place you'll find news from schools, caterers and families and a list of the ways you can help feed vulnerable children during school closures. We will be sharing successes and challenges with DfE and City Hall along the way.
Read our weekly roundup of the extraordinary efforts of parents, schools, caterers and community groups to ensure that children are well fed during school closures
National Free School Meals Voucher Scheme
The government’s national free school meal voucher scheme is live. Here are some key documents to help you access the scheme and some great resources to make the most of your allowance.
- Government’s updated guidance on free school meals
- National voucher scheme - Guidance for schools
- National voucher scheme - FAQs for parents and carers
- Ideas to make your £15 go further from BiteBack2030 and School Food Matters
- Family Meal Ideas - thank you Croydon Council for sharing!
The DfE has been informed some parents have received an email stating: ‘As schools will be closing, if you're entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we'll make sure you're supported’. This is a scam email - do not respond, and delete immediately.
Talking to Government
We’re sharing stories from schools with the Department for Education to help them shape the best possible response to this emergency and ensure that vulnerable families receive the good nutrition they need.
Read our letters to Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson below.