In partnership with the Scottish Government, we will be rolling out free school meals to all primary school children during the 2021/22 academic year and will be providing free school meal holiday support to all eligible children and young people who attend our primary and secondary schools.
Expansion of universal free school meals
In August, free school meals were introduced for P4 children. This means a two-course meal will be provided to all children from P1 to P4.
Free school meals will then be extended to P5 children from January 2022.
A short survey will then be issued to parents and carers regarding the free school meal provision.
Information regarding the roll out of free school meals to the remaining year groups (P6 and P7) will be provided in 2022.
Free school meal support
This summer, free school meal holiday support will be provided to all children and young people eligible for a free school meal, at primary and secondary school, due to low income or qualifying benefits. This will be in addition to the £100 family pandemic support payment.
A payment of £87.50 (£12.50 per week for seven weeks) will made per child and will be paid on the following dates:
- If free school meal entitlement was applied for and awarded for the 2020/21 academic year by Monday 31 May, the payment will be received by Friday 25 June.
- If free school meal entitlement is applied for and subsequently awarded after Monday 31 May, and by Friday 25 June for the 2020/21 academic year, the payment will be received by the end of July.
Further food support
We recognise that at this time of year, money can be tight and access to fresh food can be challenging. There are community organisations, supported by the Council that can provide guidance and support.
If you have any questions please contact your school directly or contact the catering service at Catering.Support@east-ayrshire.gov.uk