Free School Meals / Uniform Grants

The Education Authority (EA) for Northern Ireland is responsible for assessing eligibility for Free School Meals based on Department of Education (DE) / Department for the Economy (DfE) criteria.

Free School Meals Payments

School Christmas holidays this year will run from 21 December to 3 January and the free school meal payments to parents/carers are to cover this period.

It is the intention that the payments will be made week commencing 14 December, to ensure families receive the money in their bank accounts ahead of Christmas, to provide them with the means to plan their food shopping at this very busy time.

Some families are entitled to extra support with meals and uniforms for school. Watch this video for information on how to find out if you are eligible and how to apply for this support.

Click here to watch the video with subtitles if English is not your first language.

Last updated: 04/12/2020