|www.lincolnshire.gov/parents/schools/free-school-meals or by calling their Customer Service Centre on 01522 782030.
Who is entitled to free school meals?
Parents do not have to pay for school lunches if they receive any of the following:
income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
income-related Employment and Support Allowance
support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
the Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit* and have an annual household income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190 (as at April 2012)
*unless in the Working Tax Credit 'run on' - the payment someone may receive for a further 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
Children who receive any of the qualifying benefits listed above in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals.
What if my circumstances change?
You should notify the school and the Customer Service Centre on 01522 782030 of any changes:
if you start work and come off benefit
if you change address
if your child changes school
Contact details for further information:
Tel: (01522) 782030
Fax: (01522) 516054
What is the Pupil Premium?
When you successfully apply for free school meals the school will receive an extra £600 of government funding even if your child does not want the meal. This additional funding will be used to help children from lower income families do their very best at school. Please also be aware that if your family is registered for free school meals you may be eligible to claim other forms of assistance, for instance with home to school transport.
Free School Meal Standards
All food provided by schools must meet national nutritional standards. These ensure that children are provided with a healthy, balanced diet. The new standards, introduced in September 2006, require the following:
high-quality meat, poultry or oily fish regularly available
at least two portions of fruit and vegetables with every meal
bread, other cereals and potatoes regularly available
School meals are the best way to make sure your child is getting all the nutrients they need to be able to learn.