Free school meals
Families whose children are eligible for free school meals will be offered meals or vouchers by their school to make sure they continue receiving this support, even if they are no longer attending school, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. More information on the voucher scheme for schools providing free school meals.
Schools can decide which of the available options will be best for the families in their area. Parents/carers should contact their child’s school to find out which option their school is providing.
If schools are unable to provide meals options, they can provide supermarket vouchers to eligible families, through the recently announced national centrally funded FSM voucher scheme.
The national centrally funded voucher scheme will not operate during school holidays, it is a term time only option. As usual in holiday periods, families can be supported during these times by Warwickshire’s Local Welfare Scheme. If you have already applied for free school meals support from the Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme since 23/03/2020 due to school closures, this support is for a period of six weeks and includes the Easter school holidays, you do not need to apply again.
Local Welfare Scheme: Tel: 0800 4081448 or 01926 359182 or by emailing [email protected]
Parents/carers should contact their child’s school to find out which option their school is providing.
Other sources of support for parents/carers
The following support is also available to parents/carers through the Welfare Scheme:
The Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme helps the most vulnerable residents at times of unavoidable crisis.
It provides basic and essential help for food and energy. This is provided either in emergency food parcels or with credit for energy. It is not a cash benefit.
The Scheme also provides help to those whose needs are more long term, who are vulnerable through an ongoing set of circumstances rather than an immediate crisis. This includes people that are care leavers, victims of domestic violence, former armed forces personnel, or those resettling in a community after a custodial term. Help might take the form of help in furnishing accommodation with basic furniture and appliances.
The Local Welfare Scheme will also signpost customers in the direction of other agencies and organisations who can offer help and support.
We also recognise that some families eligible for free school meals, struggle financially and have difficulty covering the period when their children are off school during the school holidays. This Scheme is therefore an opportunity to reach and help those most in need by supporting families with the cost of food for their children over the school holidays, the eligibility criteria for this offer is that parents are currently registered for free school meals (not universal FSM).
From Monday 23 March 2020, we are offering an initial six weeks of support as we do not know how long schools will be closed for. We can confirm that you can contact us at any time during the six weeks and you will still be eligible for the full amount.
- calling on 0800 4081448 or 01926 359182. You will be asked for each child's name, date of birth and a valid mobile number.
- emailing us at [email protected] - you will need to include each child's name, date of birth and a valid mobile number
We are currently receiving an exceptionally high volume of enquiries, your patience at this time is appreciated.
If you have already applied for free school meals support from the Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme since 23/03/2020 due to school closures, this support is for a period of six weeks and includes the Easter school holidays, you do not need to apply again.