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Free school meals distribution

Free school meals distribution

Free school meals are currently being provided for children who have been offered an essential key worker place at one of our Hubs at Alloa Academy, Alva Academy or Lornshill Academy.

Introduction of payment system (24 April)

We are operating a payment system to ensure that vulnerable children and families who are eligible for free school meals continue to receive our support regarding food provision.

Families will receive a payment of £23 per fortnight for each child. This will be transferred directly into the parent/carer bank account where they normally receive their clothing and footwear grant. The first payment will be made on Friday 24 April and fortnightly thereafter.

Please note this is only for school pupils, Nursery pupils are not entitled.

Parents/carers who are already in receipt of free school meals do not need to reapply. You will receive direct payment into the Bank Account detailed on your previous application.

If you have any questions, or if your contact details have changed, please email

Changed circumstances/eligibility to apply

If you think your circumstances have changed and you might now be eligible for Free School Meals you can check the criteria detailed below;

Please note that you must be in receipt of child benefit and one of the qualifying benefit(s):

  • Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance or Income Related Employment Support Allowance or Support under Part V1 of the Immigrations and Asylum Act 1999 or Universal Credit (where monthly earned income is less than £610.00).
  • Child Tax Credit, but NOT Working Tax Credit and your gross annual income is below £16,105
  • Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit and your gross annual income is below £6,900
Apply online

If you are now eligible to apply, please complete the online form.

Community support

The Council has in place broader community support arrangements to help families in difficulty as a result of COVID-19. This includes welfare, finance and food as a result of COVID-19. Information can be accessed from the Helpline:

Privacy Notice

We may need to share some personal information with third parties who are helping us to deliver support. See our privacy notice.