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School meals and free school meals

Enfield Catering Services has lots of experience in school meals. Our food is healthy, tasty, freshly cooked on site, and uses quality ingredients. Menus are ethically, locally and sustainably sourced whenever possible, and meet the government’s nutritional standards.

We hope all pupils enjoy the exciting and innovative dishes created by our menu development chef. Parents are also welcome to attend the various taster sessions arranged throughout Enfield, to try the foods on offer.

For more information, visit Enfield Catering Services or email enfield.catering.services@enfield.gov.uk. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

To register for school meals, ask at your child’s school.

Applying for free school meals

Children in reception, year 1 or year 2

All children in reception, year 1 or year 2 will be able to receive a free school meal. Choosing a school lunch for your child will save up to £400 per year. You must register your child for free school meals during the summer term to ensure the school receives extra funding.

For Enfield to plan for both your child and our schools for September, you will need to complete a registration form which is available from your child’s school.

Children in year 3 or above

If your child is in year 3 or above, to be eligible for free school meals the parent or carer must receive one of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
  • Child Tax Credit only (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual gross income of no more than £16,190.
    • Working Tax Credit is a disqualifying benefit regardless of your household income – this means that you would not be entitled to free school meals while in receipt of Working Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit

Children who get any of the above benefits directly, instead of through a parent or carer, can also apply for free school meals.

To apply, save the free school meals application form (PDF) to your device, fill in your details, and then email as an attachment to freeschoolmeals@enfield.gov.uk.

You don’t need to provide evidence of your benefit when you submit your form. However we may write to you for further information or to request certain evidence.