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School meals

Apply for free school meals

Your child/children 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.

Free healthy breakfasts

There are many schools that offer free, healthy breakfasts.

Access information about schools that offer free breakfasts 

Costs of a school meal - introduction of 50p school meals

The cost of a meal for those children who are not eligible to receive a free meal is 50p. Secondary school children can choose from a range of healthy food and drink items which are individually priced. Secondary school children who qualify for free school meals can spend up to the value of £2 per meal.

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 visa 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.

The school meals service in Hull have also recently under gone a transformation, with pupils now having more choice, more on site cooking facilities for schools with no previous kitchens of their own and by improvements to schools dining experiences.

For further information please telephone Hull Catering on 01482 331 070 or by emailing

The benefits

  • school meals offer a daily selection of freshly cooked main meals and desserts, fresh fruit or yoghurt and salads
  • all meals are nutritionally balanced over the course of one week. Menus are produced in consultation with qualified dieticians and are served by helpful and understanding catering staff
  • children can sit down and enjoy their meal while at the same time developing those social skills of eating together that are so important in later life
  • a well-fed and happy child is more likely to be receptive to participating in the afternoon's  activities
  • each meal aims to provide 35 per cent of all essential nutritional requirements that will assist your child in leading a bright and healthy lifestyle
  • someone else prepares and cooks lunch for your child, which saves you worrying about a packed meal every day

If you would like any further information or would like to make any comments on your child's school meals service please contact us on 01482 300 300 or email

Contact us

The specialist team
Hull City Council
Hull City Council Revenues and Benefits Service
PO Box 15

Tel: 01482 300 300
Text phone: 01482 300 349

Or you can call in at any customer service centre.


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