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Free School Meal Vouchers

We have been contacted by many parents enquiring about the Free School Meal (FSM) Vouchers. To clarify FSM Vouchers are only for children whose parents/carers are eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

If your circumstances have changed during COVID 19 and you wish to check if you are eligible for benefits related Free School Meals please contact the school office who can re-check with Reading Borough Council using your National Insurance details.  The school will issue vouchers when confirmation of entitlement is received.

Under the Government's Universal Infant Free School Meal initiative all children attending an Infant School receive a free meal however the Government has chosen to concentrate their effort and resources on those who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals at this time. There is no requirement to continue to provide Universal Infant Free School Meals to pupils in Reception, Year 1, or Year 2 during COVID 19. Only children in those year groups who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals will be supported and will receive a FSM Voucher.

For those pupils who are self-isolating due to Covid 19, we continue to issue FSM Vouchers through the Government's Scheme administrator, Edenred, which will be emailed to you directly using the email address registered on ParentPay. Their user guide and FAQs for the scheme are attached below and if you need further support from them you can email them at freeschoolmealsparentscarers@edenred.com.  

Eligible families have been emailed a £90 voucher per pupil from Edenred to help with food costs over the summer holidays. For any queries about redeeming your voucher email freeschoolmealsparentscarers@edenred.com. If you need further support from Brighter Futures for Children please call the BFfC Community Hub on 0808 189 4325.

Change4Life have created recipes and shopping lists which can be used to make lunches for around £15 each week. For more information, please click here

If you have any further questions or queries about the scheme, please let us know.