Free school meals

Lunch is provided at all schools in Denbighshire. In primary schools, all meals have a fixed price. Secondary schools serve lunches on a cafeteria basis, with different prices for different meals.

Who can have free school meals?

If you currently get free school meals for your child/children, during the Coronavirus pandemic we will pay an amount equivalent to the cost of your child’s free school meal into your bank account every week. You will need to provide us with your bank details to do this.

Provide us with your bank details online for free school meal payments

If you are think that you are eligible to claim free school meals but have not submitted a claim yet, please complete the free school meals online form.

Children attending the key workers childcare in schools will continue to receive school meals when they attend.

You can claim free school meals for your child if you receive any of the following: 

  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance; Income Based 
  • Employment and Support Allowance; Income Related 
  • Pension Credit; Guaranteed Credit 
  • Child tax credit (but not working tax credit) with an annual income below £16,190
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit - From the 1st of April 2019, to qualify for free school meals through receiving Universal Credit, your yearly net earnings must be no more than £7,400.

Find out more about these benefits.

Foster children are not eligible for free school meals. This is because foster parents already receive an allowance for looking after the child.

How do I claim free school meals?

You can only apply for free school meals from the local authority of where your child goes to school.

If your child goes to a school in Denbighshire, you can apply online for free school meals.

If you currently receive free school meals from being in receipt of Universal credit, Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance Income Based, Employment and Support Allowance; Income Related or Guaranteed Pension Credit, you will continue receive them until December 2023. 

You’ll need to let us know if your child leaves or changes school before then.

Please complete a free school meals application form to let us know if your child has moved school in Denbighshire or contact us to cancel free school meals. 

Apply online for free school meals (for a child going to a Denbighshire school)

Information from other Local Authorities