Free School Meals - are you eligible?
All children in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 receive Universal Free School Meals, however you may also be eligible for Free School Meals.
The office team are available to help new, and old, parents with the applying on line. We can meet you in private, email us to let us know on email@example.com or call the office on 01626 862605
During the pandemic, the Government launched the Free school meals holiday voucher scheme. This is a way of providing funds to ensure families of children who are eligible for free school meals during term time are able to purchase food over the holidays to replace the meals a child would have received during a school day. For more information please visit the website:
Free school meals holiday voucher scheme - Coronavirus (COVID-19)
What is the free school meals holiday voucher scheme?
The free school meals holiday voucher scheme is way of providing funds to ensure families of children who are eligible for free school meals during term time are able to purchase food over the holidays to replace the meals a child would have received during a school day.
An electronic voucher that can be emailed to families and spent at seven major supermarkets is the quickest and easiest way to do this. Arrangements are in place for families that cannot access the internet or who cannot get to a supermarket.
Families of children that are currently in receipt of free school meals are eligible for a supermarket voucher to the value of £15 per child per week of the school holidays to help pay for groceries over the break.
Holiday Activity and Food Programme (HAF)
The HAF came about because of Marcus Rashford’s campaign Marcus Rashford: Food voucher campaign changed government policy - CBBC Newsround. Marcus Rashford wanted the Government to provide all children with access to a food voucher, food box or a hot meal every day of the school holidays. The HAF Programme is funded by the Department for Education and children who are eligible for benefit related Free School Meals (FSM) are given the opportunity to access rewarding activities alongside healthy meals during school holidays, offering valuable support to families on lower incomes.
In response to this programme, Devon Early Years and Childcare Service (DEYCS) delivered an extensive summer programme which was very successful and are now planning the Christmas programme.
There is no change to the menu for the Autumn term, please see dates below: Week One: 06/09/21 – 27/09/21 – 18/10/21 Week Two: 13/09/21 – 04/10/21 Week Three: 20/09/21 – 11/10/21
Menu w/c 19/04/21
All the supermarket voucher codes for families of children currently receiving free school meals to help them buy food over the Easter holidays have now been sent.
We are concerned that some voucher codes issued for February half term remain unclaimed, please redeem your February voucher codes via Black Hawk’s ‘Select’ website as soon as possible before they expire on Sunday 25 April.
It could be that the email containing your voucher code has been filtered into your junk mailbox or sent to the wrong address; you have forgotten or struggled to redeem the voucher code or maybe you feel that you do not want or need the support.
Families to can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0345 155 1019 or visit their website https://www.devon.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-in-devon/document/free-school-meals-holiday-voucher-scheme/
FREE SCHOOL MEALS - 25.3.21
We will be emailing voucher codes for the Easter 🐣 break over the next few days. If you have any problems redeeming these vouchers please contact the school office so that we can resolve any issues or print the vouchers on your behalf before the last day of term. Thank you 😊
Help and Support - Questions Answered about School Meals
February 2021 - Price of School Meal in KS2 is £2.40 per child, payable in advance or at 'point of sale'.
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Devon County Council’s Free School Meals holiday voucher scheme
About the scheme
Devon County Council is supporting families of children who currently receive free school meals during term time with supermarket vouchers to help buy food during the holidays.
The unique voucher code we’ve sent you can be used to get vouchers to the value of £15 for Sainsburys, Tesco, Morrisons, Asda, Aldi, M&S Food and Waitrose.
Please use the vouchers to purchase food over the holidays to replace the meals your child would have received at school during the day.
If you have more than one child entitled to free school meals, you should receive a unique code for each child, as the holiday vouchers are issued separately.
Getting the vouchers
Devon County Council has partnered with an organisation called Black Hawk Network to help us distribute these vouchers as quickly as possible via their ‘Select’ website because they have many years experience of managing voucher schemes like this and are working with several other local authorities too.
- To get your vouchers you will need to visit a website called ‘Select’ (www.select-your-reward.co.uk) and input your unique code.
- You will then be able to choose your preferred supermarket and add your vouchers to your basket.
- Please then checkout of the ‘Select’ website by providing an email address for them to send you your chosen supermarket vouchers electronically. There is no option to receive physical vouchers by post.
- Once you have received the vouchers to your email inbox, you can save them to your phone or tablet to use online (depending on the supermarket) or show at the checkout in store. Alternatively, you can print the vouchers off to give to the cashier.
What if I need some help?
If you are struggling to get your vouchers because you don’t have access to the internet or a mobile device to receive and store the vouchers on, and don’t have any friends or family to help, please contact Devon County Council’s education helpline on 0345 155 1019.
Arrangements are in place to support you if you cannot shop, either in store on online, at one of the supermarkets where the vouchers can be spent. Again, please call Devon County Council’s education helpline on 0345 155 1019.
If your child has siblings attending school in a neighbouring authority (for example Plymouth or Torbay) who are also receiving free school meals, the local authority their school is located within will have arrangements to support them over the holidays.
If you received a voucher code for the Christmas holidays and haven’t used it to get your supermarket vouchers via Black Hawk’s ‘Select’ website yet, please do so by Sunday 24 February before it expires.
If your child was eligible for free school meals last term but you didn’t receive a voucher code for the Christmas holidays, please call Devon County Council’s education helpline on 0345 155 1019.
More detailed information about the free school meals holiday voucher scheme, including how to use them and what to do if there’s a problem, is available on Devon County Council’s website. Please visit www.devon.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-in-devon/document/free-school-meals-holiday-voucher-scheme.
There are also some useful FAQs on the Select website along with contact details for any technical support if you have a problem using the codes and accessing your vouchers. Please visit www.select-your-reward.co.uk.
If you’re experiencing severe financial hardship, support is available. Please visit www.devon.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-in-devon/document/support-for-people-and-families for information about how to access local financial support, where to find foodbanks and community larders and what to do if you’re on a low income and need to self-isolate.
Finally, if you have received this message in error, please let us know by calling 0345 155 1019 or emailing email@example.com so we can make sure this vital support gets to the right family.
Free School Meal Parents - We have now requested your evouchers for those that have applied, it will be delivered via your email address in the next couple of days.
Any queries or questions please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
If your child currently receives free school meals look out for your letter or email arriving this week about how to access supermarket vouchers for the holidays.
For more information about the free school meals holiday voucher scheme visit http://soc.devon.cc/sOn9d
Wow! 269 meals were made this year for our Christmas Meal, that's 83% of the school.
Homeless in Teignbridge Support foodbank are opening our doors to any child that needs help over the coming half term.
No referral is needed for this support. Just turn up at Abbrook. Strap Lane, Kingsteignton, or contact us and we will support your children.
Our door is open to all.
“FREE CHILDREN’S PACK LUNCH BOXES”
Thanks to a generous anonymous donation HELPING DAWLISH is offering children locally who rely on free school lunches a free pack lunch box – with sandwich, fruit, drink and crisps from Monday 26th to Friday 30th October.
They will be available between 11.30am and 12.30pm as a takeaway only and collected from the side of the Manor House.
Must be pre-booked – Please ring or text 07584052306 before 9.30am to book a free lunch box as they will be made up each morning.
On collection proof of local home address will need to be shown.
If a family is self-isolating we may be able to arrange delivery.
Autumn Term 2 Menu
Gatehouse Primary Academy School Menu Autumn 2020
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:
- younger than the compulsory age for starting school
- in full-time education