School meals

Free school meals applications

The government system we use to assess eligibility for free school meals is currently unavailable. This means there may be a delay in processing applications as it may take up to 10 working days for eligibility to be confirmed, but we are continuing to process applications as a matter of priority.

Free school meals

Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you receive either:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • 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
  • Universal Credit – provided your total net earnings are no more than £616.67 each month, starting from 1 April 2018
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Your child must be attending a maintained school in the Thurrock area. If your child is attending school outside of Thurrock, you must apply to the council for the area in which they attend school.

All applications will be checked. We may ask you to provide evidence. You must supply the information requested within 2 weeks so we can process your application.

While schools are closed due to coronavirus (COVID-19), you may be able to claim free school meals for your child if you have 'no recourse to public funds' – for example, you cannot claim benefits.

Apply online

Following an update to our online service on 16 July 2020, you will need to create a new login account when you first apply for free school meals after this date.

To create a new account, use the link below and select 'create an account’. Your login accounts for other Thurrock Council services are not affected.

Free school meals applications

Changes to your circumstances

You need to tell us when there is a change of:

  • school
  • address
  • benefit or a return to work
  • responsibility for the child

If you do not tell us about these changes you may be liable to refund any costs incurred

Contact us below, making sure you include your full name, address and the name of the child or children for whom you are claiming free school meals.

Education Awards and Benefits
Thurrock Council, Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, RM17 6SL