Coronavirus COVID-19: Latest updates

Many council services are reduced or disrupted. Check our coronavirus page for the most up-to-date information. Read the latest and sign up for updates.

COVID Summer Food Fund

The COVID Summer Food Fund has been established by the UK government to ensure that children registered for free school meals have access to food vouchers over the summer holidays.

Each student who is eligible and registered for free school meals will receive a £90 voucher to cover the six-week holiday period (or £105 for a seven-week holiday period). 

If you are already registered for free school meals, you do not need to reapply, but many more families are entitled to this vital support during the COVID-19 crisis and are not yet claiming it.

The deadline for applying for the food vouchers is 10 July.

Who can apply?

Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you receive:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get).

Please check the UK government website to see if your child is eligible for the COVID Summer Food Fund.

Children in reception, year 1 and year 2

If your child has been receiving a free meal through the universal infant free school meal, you may be eligible to receive a food voucher for the summer holiday. Please check to see if you are entitled to a food voucher on the UK government website.

Children with no recourse to public funds (NRPF)

The free school meal eligibility has been temporarily extended to include some groups who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF). Details of who is eligible for the NRPF extension are available on the UK government website.

Deadline for ordering vouchers – 10 July

Applications can either be submitted directly to your child’s school or you can apply via Royal Greenwich.