Free School Meals

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.

Applying

Free School Meals/School Uniform/Physical Education Clothing application forms are available from:-     

  • your child’s school or college;    
  • your local Education Authority Office;       
  • your local Jobs and Benefits Office;   
  • your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau
  • by clicking the download link below:

Step 2: Read the notes provided with the application form

The notes provide useful information including the responsibility of a claimant when making a claim and the current clothing allowance rates.

Step 3: Complete the application form and return

  • Complete the application form and provide verification of the benefit, Tax Credits or Universal Credits which you receive.
  • Return the application form to your local Education Authority Office.                       
Office Address
EA Belfast Office 40 Academy Street, Belfast, BT1 2NQ  
Telephone: 028 9056 4000
EA Ballymena Office Ballee Centre, Ballee Road West, Ballymena. BT42 2HS 
Telephone: 028 2566 1355
EA Dundonald Office Grahamsbridge Road, Dundonald, BT16  2HS  
Telephone: 028 9056 6200
EA Armagh Office 3 Charlemont Place, The Mall, Armagh. BT61 9AX  
Telephone: 028 3751 2523
EA Omagh Office 1 Hospital Road, Omagh, BT79 0AW  
Telephone 028 8241 1496
Last updated: 29/05/2019