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Free School Meals

There are more than 1,000 families in Sandwell who are eligible for free school meals for their children but don't claim for them. Sandwell Council's cabinet member for Children and Families Cllr Bob Badham said "not only are children missing out on a healthy nutritious meal that would cost £360 per year per child, but the more children registered as eligible for free school meals will lead to more pupil premiums paid to our schools".

Staff can do a quick online check to see if a family is eligible, all they need is the parent or guardian's date of birth and national insurance number.

Are you eligible?
Does your child attend a school in Sandwell and do you receive either:

  • Income Support?
  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)?
  • Guaranteed Pension Credit (including Child Tax Credit)?
  • Income - Based Job Seekers Allowance?
  • Support from National Asylum Support Service?
  • Child Tax credit, with an annual income less than £16,190 and not in receipt of Working Tax Credit?
    If you have answered Yes, your child may be entitled to free school meals.

For more information or to find out if you are eligible, call 0121 569 8186. For more information visit www.sandwell.gov.uk

Education Benefits & Transport
PO Box 16230
Sandwell Council House
Freeth Street
B69 9EX

Tel No. 0121 569 8364 / 8183/8271 or 8110 

Food poverty & holiday hunger guidance from Sandwell SMBC