Food vouchers for children eligible for free school meals will continue for October half-term after Norfolk County Council received additional Household Support Funding.

It means the vouchers, worth £15 per child per week, will be provided for a week, supporting around 28,000 children in the county.
Schools and colleges will be able to order vouchers on behalf of all families registered eligible.

The vouchers are available to families in receipt of certain benefits whose children would normally receive free school meals during term time.

Schools can order the food vouchers for pupils using an online service and families can then either redeem their vouchers via an online code or receive a printed voucher by post, collection or delivery.

Children are eligible for the vouchers if their family receives one of these benefits: Universal Credit, with an annual earned income of no more than £7,400 after tax; Income Support; income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; Income-related Employment and Support Allowance; Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; the guaranteed element of Pension Credit; Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit); or Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual gross income of no more than £16,190.

Children in reception, year one and year two who receive Universal Infant Free School Meals are not eligible as part of the scheme, unless parents have registered their eligibility for pupil premium funding.

Families who do not receive free school meals but who are struggling can contact the Norfolk Assistance Scheme (NAS), which can help those on reduced hours or made redundant due to the pandemic with food, bills and money for essentials.

It can also help with household items like white goods or beds.

For more information about free school meals or to make a new application, see the county council’s free school meals website.