also known as: School meals - free.
You can find information about school meals provided by Northumberland County Council Children can be entitled to free school meals if they or their parent receive a qualifying benefit.
We know how important good health is and school meals can help
children and young people fill up on nutritional food that will
keep them going for the rest of the day.
In some Northumberland schools meals are provided by the County
Council. Other schools choose to manage their own catering
All schools are expected to adhere to the
food and nutritional based standards provided by the
School meals provided by Northumberland County Council
School Meals Provided Directly by the School or another
Other schools in Northumberland choose to manage their own
catering service. For more details on menu’s and pricing, please
contact individual schools directly.
Packed lunches that are brought into school from home are often
high in fat, sugar and salt.
Individual schools can introduce a Packed Lunch Policy which
gives parents guidance on what to include when providing a packed
lunch. Every school is different so please contact your individual
school for more information.
More advice and guidance on healthy packed lunches is available
Information and advice
Below are some useful links to resources and information about
healthy eating and school meals.
Free school meals
Free School Meals (FSM) are available to people who are classed
as unemployed and receiving a qualifying benefit. However they are
not available automatically.
The parent, guardian or student needs to complete an application
and return it to the school or the FSM office at County Hall. An
application cannot be made retrospectively, the FSM process is a
set criteria and there is no appeals process.
Children who receive Income Support(IS) or Income Based
Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA) in their own right are also entitled
to claim free meals under the same application process.
If a child attends school or the parent/guardian resides in
Northumberland the applicant can apply to Northumberland Authority
for free school meals.
Refunds for free school meals are only made in exceptional
circumstances. These are handled on an individual basis by the
How do I apply for free school meals?
You can apply either by:
- over the telephone on FSM 01670 623592
- completing a paper application form which is available from any
school or FSM Office Northumberland County Council County Hall
Morpeth NE61 2EF
Paper forms can be returned to the school or The FSM office.
Benefit details for applications can be checked by us on receipt of
the information although on some occasions the confirmation may not
be found and you will be contacted with a request to provide your
proof of benefit.