School Meals

Free school meals – Primary

If you as a parent or guardian are in receipt of a qualifying benefit, you may qualify for Free School Meals (eFSM) and other funding, such as School Essentials (PDG Access)

Qualifying benefit

In order to qualify for Free School Meals, either the parent / Legal Guardian or student themselves must be in receipt of either:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA). Contribution Based Jobseekers Allowance (CBJSA) does not qualify
  • Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credits only, with an annual household Income of under £16,190 *
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (IR)
  • Universal Credit

Please note that if you are in receipt of Working Tax Credits in addition to any of these benefits you will not be eligible for free meals, even if your household income is below £16,190*.

* As a guide, an applicant's annual household income is usually stated on a TC602 Tax Credits Summary/Award Notice.

Application for free school meals

Application forms are also available from:

  • your Child’s school
  • by telephoning 01437 764551

If you wish to claim free school meals for more than one child, only one form needs to be submitted, even if the children are attending different schools within Pembrokeshire.

You will be required to provide current proof of qualifying benefit with the application form, even if you are applying for renewal of free meals. Free meals cannot be granted until the relevant proof of entitlement has been submitted.

Pembrokeshire County Council does not grant free meals for pupils attending schools outside Pembrokeshire, or for students at college. Pupils living in Pembrokeshire and attending schools in other counties should apply to the local authority maintaining the school.

ID: 9333, revised 25/08/2023