Free School Meals

Free School Meal Vouchers – Additional Offer for School Holiday Period From Community Shop Membership & £15 FREE

The Community Shop (Athersley) are offering families who are eligible for free school meals the opportunity to double their money. For every week during the school holidays you can collect a £15 voucher, per child, per week to spend in store.

Please see information poster below:


The way in which you apply for Free School Meals has changed. The paper application is no longer in use and parents/carers wishing to apply for Free School Meals will now need to do this online.

All enquiries relating to Free School Meals should, in the first instance, be via and If, after reading the qualifying criteria, you feel that you qualify for Free School Meals please go to, where you can complete a free school meals application form or complete a contact us us form if you have any questions. BMBC will respond to any questions within 5 working days. You should always include the child’s name and date of birth in any information which is given so that BMBC can quickly identify the child and respond.

Parents are advised to contact BMBC on 01226 787787.

Once an application form has been completed and submitted, it is instantly received and is ready to be processed. There is no requirement to print this form and send it to BMBC in the post.

For parents that do not have access to the internet, parents contact BMBC on the above number.

BMBC do not always require an application form to be completed. As the Free School Meals are awarded as part of the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support processed, BMBC will make an award of Free School Meals automatically where they can, if they know a child’s school.

The only parents that BMBC need forms from are those that do not receive any Housing Benefit or Council Tax support. This could be people who are supported under the immigration and asylum act and anyone who might still live with their parents/friends/other family member (i.e. child’s grandparents).

Qualifying Criteria
•Income-based & Contribution-based JSA or ESA on an equal basis
•Income Support (IS)
•Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
•Income-related employment and support allowance (IRESA).
•Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190
•Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
•Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit).
•Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
•Working Tax Credit, provided they have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 per year (eligible for 2 Year Old Funding only)
•Universal Credit

If a parent receives any amount of Working Tax Credits (unless it’s the 4 week run on which is awarded when someone has recently stopped work) they are not entitled to FSM/EYPP/PP.