Free School Meals Update

Free School Meals – update from Cardiff Council

Cardiff Council will continue to provide support to the families of children who normally receive Free School Meals during the Coronvirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Families with children eligible for Free School Meals will now have received supermarket vouchers covering them for weeks commencing 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th of April.

From Monday 4th May families with children eligible for Free School Meals will now be able to buy food using funds deposited directly into their bank account, whilst schools are closed due to COVID-19. This will provide parents with more flexibility on where they can shop, however, the voucher scheme which is currently being delivered will continue to run alongside the new arrangement. Cardiff Council has developed this new arrangement to deliver BACS payments, using Parent Pay, an online payment system. Parents or carers with children who are eligible for Free School Meals should receive a letter during this week which will provide information on how to receive their fortnightly payment. For those who are not yet using Parent Pay, there will be a step by step guide on how to register and contact details should they require further assistance.

Parents and carers are encouraged to register to receive payments as soon as they receive their letters so that they can receive their first payment into their Parent Pay account from Monday 27th, April. Those that do not register will continue to receive a fortnightly supermarket voucher.

If you have any queries please contact Free School Meals directly by emailing:

Diane Gill