Free School Meals

  • Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

Your child may also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:

If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2022.

For more information please follow this link

If you would like to apply through the Academy, please fill in the online form.

Edenred has been appointed by the Government to issue Free School Meal vouchers.

Please note that Edenred issued vouchers will be expired in 30 days from the issue date, therefore, please ensure to redeem them as soon as you receive them. Due to the increased number of user traffic on the system, they have recently advised us to avoid using their system from 9am to 3pm.

If you have any questions regarding the vouchers you have received please contact them via freeschoolmealsparentscarers@edenred.com

Please use the guidance on this link.

How to redeem your voucher

  1. You will receive an email from the Academy/Edenred with a 16 digit ecode.
  2. Go to www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk and enter your 16 digit code (you can enter more than 1 ecode at a time)
  3. Select a supermarket
  4. Enter the amount you wish to redeem and add to basket
  5. Go to ‘checkout’ and enter the email address you would like the ecard sent to
  6. Your ecard will be sent via email. Please allow up to 3 hours for it to be delivered to your inbox

Frequently asked questions/ Common issues

Why have I not received my 16 digit ecode from the Academy?

  • First check your junk mail
  • Then call the Academy to check we have your most current email address

The Academy sends all eligible email addresses to Edenred who then generate the codes. It is very important we have your current details, so the vouchers can be sent to you promptly.

I have my 16 digit ecode but I cannot enter it on www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk

  • This website is very busy due to thousands of people accessing it every day. There may be up to a 2 hour wait before you are able to enter your code. Try redeeming your voucher early in the morning (between 5am-8am) or after 9pm when there are fewer people using the website.

What do I do if I try the above and I still cannot redeem my voucher?

  • Please email Edenred at freeschoolmealsparentscarers@edenred.com

For further guidance about the vouchers, please click here 



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New update from DfE as published on 21/04/2020
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are temporarily extending free school meal eligibility to include some children of groups who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF).

These groups are:
  • children of Zambrano carers
  • children of families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • children of families receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 who are also subject to a no recourse to public funds restriction

These groups are also subject to a maximum household earnings threshold of £7,400 per annum.

We are also temporarily extending eligibility to children of a subset of failed asylum seekers supported under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. This group is not subject to a maximum household earnings threshold.

This extension is temporarily in place to support families facing difficulties due to the current unique circumstances. It covers both children who are attending school and children who are at home.

We are aware that the current circumstances may make it difficult for carers to provide documents. Schools are able to consider alternative forms of evidence and to use their own discretion. Due to the current restrictions, we do not necessarily expect schools to view physical copies of documents.

Follow the link for more information on this temporary arrangement.

If you are eligible please fill in the application form and email us with evidence to reception@trinityacademylondon.org.