Free School Meals
Sheffield City Council will be providing a free food voucher for children (who get Free School Meals) for the February Half Term Holiday 2022.
A £15 food voucher will be sent to the following groups to help over the Half Term holiday:
- Families who claim income based Free School Meals
- Families who get income assessed Early Years Support (2-4 Year Olds)
- Young people leaving their care setting (Care Leavers)
Parents/carers will receive a letter w/c Monday 31st January with a website link for Edenred (supplier of the vouchers) and instructions on how to download the voucher.
- Parents/carers need to go to the following website to redeem their October vouchers www.selectyourcompliment.co.uk/grocery
- Enter their unique 16-digit e-Code and select their chosen supermarket. Edenred give them a choice of 10 supermarkets: Aldi, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, M&S, McColl’s, Iceland and Farmfoods.
- The downloaded E-Gift Card/Voucher will arrive by email within 24 hours. If they can’t find this, they should check their Junk/Spam folder
Please note codes need to be activated within 3 months or they will be cancelled. Once they have claimed their voucher on the Edenred website the voucher will be valid for 12 months.
Please watch this short video for help using it:
Where can families get further help?
- The FSM Voucher helpline will be available on 0114 2734567, option 4, option3, and can offer help to parents experiencing difficulties with their e-Codes or with general FSM enquiries.
- Parents/carers can also contact Edenred directly with an enquiry about an eCode or voucher at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0333 400 5932
- Schools can contact Edenred at email@example.com
Free School Meals - General Information
We want to make sure that we are providing your child with the best education and support we can. Healthy school food has obvious health benefits and can help students establish healthy habits for life. Healthy school food can also help to improve students' readiness to learn.
Families who receive certain benefits may be eligible for free school meals. Your child is eligible for free school meals if you’re in receipt of one of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400.
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guarantee element of Pension Credit
- Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190
Registering for free meals could also raise an extra £935 for your child’s secondary school, to fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities. This additional money is available from central government for every child whose parent is receiving one of the benefits listed above.
Apply for Free School Meals
The quickest process for receiving free school meals is to visit the Sheffield City Council website:
and fill in the online form (click the image below to go straight there):
However, if you are unable to do this, or prefer to fill in a paper copy, you can complete the form at the foot of this page and return it to school. We will then send it to Sheffield City Council on your behalf (please note that this is a longer process and may take some weeks).
Changes to free school meal eligibility under Universal Credit
The eligibility criteria for free school meals has changed (the new eligibility criteria is set out above) but if you are currently claiming free school meals, please read the following:
Most people won’t be affected by the new criteria. If you’re currently claiming free school meals, but don’t meet the new criteria, your child will continue to receive free school meals until the end of the Universal Credit rollout period. This will apply even if your earnings rise above the new threshold or if you stop being entitled to Universal Credit. The rollout period is currently scheduled to end in March 2022. Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, your child will keep their free school meal until the end of their current phase of education, i.e. primary or secondary. (Department for Education Free School Meals Guidance, April 2018)
FSM at Meadowhead
Students who are eligible for Free school meals (FSM) have an amount of £2.10 added to their accounts every morning, this will allows them buy a standard “meal deal” every day.