A lot of people don't claim free school meals even though they're entitled. Derbyshire County Council has launched a campaign to encourage people to check if they're eligible.
You don't need to worry about other children knowing your child gets free school meals. Only the school and catering staff will know.
You could save £400 a year for each child and your children could benefit from a good hot meal at lunchtime. The school will benefit too − they'll get the pupil premium of £1,300 a year from the government for each child on free school meals.
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you (or the young person themselves, where appropriate) get any of the following:
Young people age 16-18 who receive the above benefits or Tax Credits in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.
You will not be eligible if you are claiming Working Tax Credit.
Applying for Free School Meals is quick and easy! To begin, please click here.