COVID-19: Free school meals national voucher scheme

31 Mar 2020

The DfE has announced details of the national voucher scheme for children eligible for free school meals.

Schools can now provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus.

Schools can continue to provide meals for collection or delivery themselves, but where this is not possible, the scheme will allow schools to provide vouchers to families electronically, or as a gift card for those without internet access.

The vouchers can be spent on food at a range of shops including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and M&S, with the Department working to get more shops to join the scheme as soon as possible.

Schools are to receive an email today, 31 March 2020, from the Department for Education’s chosen supplier, Edenred.

Further information

Details of the arrangements and how to order vouchers can be found on GOV.UK website:

Voucher scheme launches for schools providing free school meals

Coronavirus (COVID-19): free school meals guidance for schools

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Last updated: 31 Mar 2020

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