Free school meals

Many families in Sandwell could get free school meals but don't claim for them.

Your child may be entitled to free school meals if:

  • your annual income is less than £16,190; and
  • you claim Child Tax Credit (*Not Including Working Tax Credit) only

*Please note you will not qualify for free school meals if you receive any amount of Working Tax Credit. Before applying please check your latest Tax Credit Awards Notice if you are unsure.

Your child may also qualify for free school meals if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Universal Credit** 
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
  • Guaranteed Pension Credit (including Child Tax Credit)
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • support from the National Asylum Support Service.

**You may be asked to provide supporting evidence if you receive Universal Credit

How to apply for free school meals

The easiest way to apply for free school meals is online, just click on the button below and fill in a few details and we'll get back to you.

Apply for free school meals

Or you can download and complete the free school meals application form and return it to the address on the form.

For further information please call our Education Benefits team on 0121 569 8186 or 0121 569 8189.

Free school meals for infants from September 2014

School meals will be free for pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 from September 2014.

Please ask at your child's school about arrangements.