Free school meals

Free school meals in Sunderland

Due to essential maintenance the Family Portal will be unavailable on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th October 2018.  Unfortunately applications will not be able to be processed during this time.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Every child in reception, year 1 and year 2 will receive a free school meal.

If you are a parent in receipt of any of the benefits listed below then your child is likely to be eligible for free school meals. It's quick and simple to apply online on our Family Portal.

Please apply if you get any of the qualifying benefits. Your child’s school can get extra funding if you do.

If you aren’t sure if you are eligible, please contact one of the team on 0191 561 1417.

You can also email us on

Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • 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)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

If your child is eligible for and getting free school meals at any time before 31 March 2022, they’ll remain eligible until this date.

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

Your child might also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:

  • attending a school nursery
  • in full-time education

For guidance on how to apply online through our Family Portal see our guidelines below.

A copy of our Privacy Notice for the Family Portal is available as a download from this page.



Free school meals - application guide

How to apply online for free school meals

Family Portal Privacy Notice

Privacy Notice for Family Portal users, gives details of how we hold and use your personal information.

More in Families

Together for Children’s Early Help service works closely with schools, health visitors and families in...

We are looking for foster carers for children for a range of ages - from...

Please complete our short survey to tell us about your experience of our Early Help service.

Home to school transport (Mainstream)

Provision of Free Travel Permits issued to qualifying children attending...

In partnership with