Food banks are grassroots, community organisations designed to provide short-term, emergency food support for people who cannot afford the essentials.
Foodbanks use a voucher referral system.
Free School Meals
There are two schemes for free school meals:
- universal infant free school meals for all children in reception year, year 1 and year 2 – you don’t need to apply as they’re automatically given at the school
- free school meals for people on qualifying benefits – you’ll need to apply for these
If you claim qualifying benefits and your child is entitled to universal infant school meals, you should still apply for free school meals so:
- you’re eligible for other financial assistance for items such as school trips
- the school can receive funding for the free school meals