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.

A £39 voucher will be issued per pupil to support families during the two week Christmas period. 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:

Tuesday 15th Dec - £39 voucher to cover the Christmas period

Wednesday 16th Dec - £19.50 voucher for any pupil who has been isolating as a result of a confirmed case of Covid 19

Wednesday 16th Dec - £10 voucher for primary aged pupils to cover 17/18th Dec

Thursday 17th Dec £19.50 Voucher for high school pupils to cover WC 14th Dec

The vouchers may be redeemed in all branches of Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco 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.

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