School meals

Free school meals in special cases

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.

The government is temporarily allowing free schools meals for children of:

  • Zambrano carers – that is, carers who have the right to live in the UK because they are the main carer of a British citizen
  • families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • families receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 who are also subject to a no recourse to public funds restriction

In the cases above, you can only apply if your household earnings are not more than £7,400 each year.

The government is also temporarily allowing free schools meals for children of some failed asylum seekers supported under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. There is no limit on household earnings in this case.

To apply, download the form below and read it carefully.

If you are eligible, you can complete the form and return it by email or post to the address below.

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

: awards@thurrock.gov.uk