Help and information for parents and carers

The Department for Education national Free School Meals voucher scheme has now ended. However, we are working directly with several local authorities and schools to deliver Free School Meal vouchers to cover the school holidays and for pupils that cannot attend school because they are isolating.

This means that you may still receive support in the form of ‘Select Grocery’ free school meals vouchers through your school or local authority. Please check with your individual school if you are unsure how you will receive this support.

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How does it work?

  • Email

    If your school or local authority is working with Edenred UK, they will email or post a 16-digit eCode that you can redeem online from a selection of supermarket ‘eGift cards’.

  • Print

    Alternatively, if you do not have an email address or access to the internet, your school can print off the voucher, or ‘eGift card’, and post it to your home address, or arrange a collection if easy and safe to do so.

  • Spend

    Take the eGift card in-store and present it at the till to pay for food and groceries up to the value of the eGift card (some eGift cards can be spent online, please see the FAQs for details)

What supermarkets are available on the scheme?