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We will continue to provide parents and carers with free school meal support during the half-term, Christmas and Easter 2021 school holidays. 

If your child / children already have free school meals and you previously chose to have food parcels you will receive them during October half term. Those that opted for direct transfer will have the money to buy food paid into their bank accounts as soon as possible.

Apply for free school meals

Fill out a form to apply for free school meals for your child.

It is important that the information you give us is for the parent/guardian who claimed the payment. Free School Meals are available to families in receipt of one of the following payments:

  • Universal Credit if your annualised net earnings are £7400 or less
  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seeker's Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue that does not exceed £16,190.00 and NOT receiving Working Tax Credit.
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit (Please note you will not be entitled to free school meals if you receive Working Tax Credit in any other circumstances).


Swansea Council are supporting children that are entitled to free school meals during this period of school closure by offering their carer the choice of how we provide them with five lunches a week.

  • A fortnightly payment of £39 direct to their bank account (equating to £19.50 a week).
  • A weekly food parcel that we are seeking to enhance each week. The parcel contents vary from week to week, and we are working with local suppliers to provide appropriate products. Carers can contact the child's local school if they have any dietary needs such as vegetarian or halal, or to get the parcel delivered to the doorstep.

Once the school has been notified that a pupil is eligible for Free School Meals they will contact the eligible carer to arrange registration for the bank payments. The carer will be sent an email to confirm the process.

DO NOT CONTACT the free schools meal team with queries about these payments. Please contact your child's school.

If your child was in receipt of Free School Meals prior to Covid 19 then you do not need to reapply.  If you have not received an email registration from your child's school to register for the payments then please contact your child's school.

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