Free School Meals

You may be able to get free school meals for your child if you (their parent/guardian/carer) are in receipt of any of the following –

  • income support
  • income based jobseekers allowance
  • income related employment and support allowance (ESA – IR)
  • Universal credit (during its initial roll out)
  • asylum seekers (receiving support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999)
  • the guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • child tax credit (with an annual income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by the Inland Revenue)
  • working tax credit run on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifiying for working tax credit

Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right, for example they receive benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian can also receive free school meals.

Children under the compulsory school age who are in full time education may also be able to get free school meals.

The child must be attending a Hull school on a full time basis up to the age of 16 (or be attending a sixth form school). If your child is attending an East Riding school, you should apply to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council for free school meals.

How to apply

To apply for free school meals, download and complete the form below. The form should be completed by the person who receives the qualifying benefit.

Alternatively you can download and print off the application form below –


Forms are also available from all customer service centres and schools in Hull.

Find your nearest customer service centre

After filling in the form –

  • you can post it to the specialist team
  • some schools will check your form then send the form back themselves – please ask your school
  • customer service centres will check your form and then send the form onto the specialist team

There is no need to re-apply because we will undertake checks on your behalf. So free meals will continue to be available to your children throughout their school life unless your benefits stop or your asylum status changes. If this happens we will write to you to let you know when your children will no longer be eligible for free school meals.

The council has given additional support to parents for key stage 2 (aged seven to 11) pupils attending Hull schools by supporting a price of 50p per meal for each pupil who is not entitled to a free school meal from either the welfare benefit free school meal system or from the universal free school meals given to key stage 1 pupils from central government.

However parents and carers whose children are entitled to free school meals via the welfare benefits system, should continue to apply for these free school meals and many aspects of school budget funding are calculated on the registration and uptake of free welfare school meals.