Free school meals
If your child is eligible for means tested free school meals, we will send you a a weekly e-voucher during our school closure.
What value will the voucher have?
£11.50 per child per week.
When will I receive the voucher?
Weekly during term time.
How will I receive it?
By email and/or text. It is therefore very important we have the correct contact details for you. Please let us know immediately if they are not correct.
Where can I spend the voucher?
ASDA, Morrisons, Sainsburys or Tesco.
Will I need to print the voucher?
No. You will be able to show your voucher on a mobile phone, or enter the voucher number for an online order.
What happens if parents share responsibility at two addresses?
In the first instance we will be sending the voucher to the email address of the parent who is at the registered address.
When do the vouchers expire?
They are valid for at least 12 months. But parents are expected to use these vouchers within days of receiving them.
If you receive a fake emails similar to the following then ignore because it is a scam - we will never ask for your bank details:
"If your child’s school is closed and your child is entitled to free school meals; then to send your bank details to the school and they will help you with funding while schools are closed."
Help with food
If you are finding it difficult to buy food, please call Leeds City Council's Local Welfare Support Team on 0113 376 0330. See the poster below for more information.
For up-to-date advice on local food banks:
Cooking at home and providing meals
With children spending more time at home, they will be consuming more food and meals than usual. Here is some advice on menu planning and cooking low-cost, simple meals that are healthy and nutritious for the whole family:
- Batch cook dinners and freeze for quick meals during the week.
- Involve children with meals times. Depending on their age and ability, children can help out with tasks such as washing vegetables, setting the table, peeling, mashing, chopping or mixing. Older children may even be able to plan and prepare full meals for the family.
- Go for at least one plant-based day a week, this can help to keep costs down and also to support a reduction in climate change and ease demand for meat and fish.
- Sticking to a routine of three meals plus two healthy snacks can provide helpful structure for children and also help them to maintain their energy throughout the day.
- Try to use non-food items for rewards such as praise, play time, stickers, family rewards, collective rewards (such as putting a piece of pasta in jar) or 1 to 1 time with a grown up.
Below are some useful websites that may help with general advice for eating well and recipes for child-friendly and family meals.
Fun and family friendly information for eating well and keeping active. Tips, ideas, recipes and games to help keep kids and adults happy and healthy. You can also encourage parents and pupils to download the free app and food scanner.
Food a Fact of Life
Age-appropriate recipes for children, lessons and curriculum resources that parents can use at home to help educate their children about healthy eating, cooking and where food comes from.
NHS Choices Eatwell
Information and advice on food, nutrition and the Eatwell Guide. This website also provides advice on digestive health, recipes ideas and guidance for teenagers.
British Heart Foundation
Recipes and advice on keeping healthy and eating a balanced diet for heart health.
Food Wise Leeds
A city-wide campaign to unify, promote and celebrate those delivering good food work across Leeds. Information on local food projects and initiatives. The FoodWise website has a recipe page with simple budget recipes from the Cooking on a Shoestring cookbook produced by Zest Leeds. All the recipes make easy delicious meals using basic fresh and store cupboard ingredients.
Now that spring is here, try spending time outside as a family learning how to grow food. Plants and vegetables can be grown in small or large spaces including windowsills, buckets, gardens, raised beds, containers and even old wellies.
Leeds Edible Schools Sustainability Network (LESSN) provides links to wide range of resources suitable for schools and children, as well as videos for how to grow different types of vegetables.