Free school meals

Free School Meals Holiday Voucher Scheme

A scheme was introduced in April to support Free School Meals families during the pandemic through the school holidays. The free school meals holiday voucher scheme will continue to run until Easter 2021.

Vouchers will stop during term time for all foundation phase pupils from 1st March.  All other eligible pupils will continue to receive food vouchers.

These vouchers will be issued via parents email accounts.

If parents have any queries they should contact their school in the first instance and education.business@newport.gov.uk if schools are closed.

We are also issuing vouchers to support FSM families who are isolating due to a confirmed case at home or in school and parents should contact their schools if they have any queries regarding these.

There is no application process, vouchers will be issued to each eligible child. 

Families who are entitled to Free School Meals will be issued with vouchers throughout this week.  Please be aware that the following will be issued:

Upcoming voucher issue dates:

Vouchers will be issued on 16th February for the period 15 February - 1 March.

The vouchers may be redeemed in all branches of Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco as well as online at Sainsburys and will be emailed to you - please ensure that your child's school has your correct email address.

Vouchers are emailed throughout the day, please wait until the end of the day for your voucher email to arrive. 

If you do not have an email address, your voucher will be sent to your child’s school where you can arrange to collect it.  


If you receive certain benefits your children may be entitled to free school meals - read Welsh Government guidance on entitlement to free school meals. 

Pupils receiving free school meals are entitled to either a main meal or a selection from the snack bar service. 

Find out if you are entitled to free school meals 

Apply for free school meals

Or download and complete the free school meal application (pdf)

Forms are also available from the housing benefit office, email benefits@newport.gov.uk, or from schools in term time. 

Applications should be made by the end of the summer term so that they can be processed for the start of the new school year. 

Applications can be made at any time during the year if there is a change in circumstances.