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School meals

Information on school meals and advice on nutrition.

All pupils in Year 3 in Swansea will be offered free school meals from September 2023. Swansea Council is working closely with schools to extend the offer to other year groups as soon as possible as we work towards implementing the Welsh Government's commitment for every primary school pupil to receive a free school meal by 2024.

Families of children up to and including Year 3 do not need to apply for the school meal offer as they will be automatically enrolled at their school. However, families on low income may be eligible for other benefits such as school uniform and money off school trips. In order to assess eligibility for this, an application for free school meals can be made here.

Parents who are confirmed eligible for free school meals still need to apply separately for the school uniform grant.

Further information can also be found on the help with school costs (opens new window) webpage.


Recent research suggests that eating healthily at regular times by combining a breakfast in the morning with a school lunch at midday can help children to learn better. Special dietary requirements, for example, Coeliac and diabetic children, can be catered for on request. Most schools offer a cashless system via internet payment or pay point at your local shop. Your school will be able to provide you the details of their dinner money collections.

About our school meals

Make informed choices about the food your children eat.

Primary school meals

The primary school lunch consists of a freshly cooked two course meal with a drink and this is provided at every school.

Secondary school meals

Secondary schools provide a choice of meals and snacks to pupils available at both morning break and at lunch time.

Free school meals

If you are claiming certain benefits you could save money by claiming free school meals for your child.

School breakfast clubs

The majority of primary schools in Swansea have FREE breakfast clubs that usually run for around half an hour prior to the start of the school day.