Free School Meal voucher scheme update

  • Over £365m of supermarket eGift Cards issued to families and schools since launch

The national voucher scheme to support the delivery of free school meals on behalf of the Department for Education has now provided over £365m of supermarket eGift cards to families and schools, as at 5th August, the equivalent of 20.2m weekly allowances and 101m meals.

The number of schools who have placed orders on the Free School Meal Voucher scheme has now grown to over 20,350. In June £84m eGift cards were sent to parents, equivalent to 5.6m individual £15 meal allocations or 1.3m per week.

With the addition of Iceland and the Company Shop Group to the scheme, Free School Meal Vouchers can now be redeemed at ten retailers including Asda, Aldi, McColls, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose.

Schools have been issued with the DfE’s guidance on how to complete their orders for the FSM scheme and the Covid Summer Food Fund in July so that all eGift cards can be distributed to families and schools in a timely manner.

Despite continued growth in the number of parents and schools using the scheme orders are being fulfilled within 24 hours and there is no online waiting time on FSM website, as has been the case for many weeks.