Free School Meals and Hardship Support ( Published: 20/03/2020)

We want to ensure that all our children and young people have access to a lunchtime meal.

  1. Help with food costs while schools are closed
  2. We want to ensure that all our children and young people have access to a lunchtime meal.

    Children who would normally receive a free school meal from the school, based on household income or due to being an asylum seeker.

    The government has advised that they expect to have a new scheme up and running in the near future. They intend to issue vouchers directly to families. This will not be up and running for a few weeks.

    Because of this, Manchester City Council is making local arrangements to support families until the national voucher scheme is in place.

    If you normally receive free school meals due to low income you can make a claim for support.

    The contribution towards a lunchtime meal is £2.00 per day (£10 per week) for each school child or young person in the household.

    Manchester City Council will be able to pay this money within a few days by the following methods:

    • A bank transfer into a nominated bank account
    • A secure text message that can be used to access cash from a range of Paypoint outlets in the city
    • A voucher that can be printed and can then be exchanged for cash from a range of Paypoint outlets in the city

    If you are a parent or carer, you can make an application via Manchester City Council’s welfare Provision Scheme.

    Apply for Welfare Provision Scheme


  3. Support for families facing hardship
  4. Because schools have closed and some families are facing additional financial challenges due to the Covid-19 virus, Manchester City Council (MCC) want to provide support to families, who most need it.

    MCC are providing a financial grant to parents and carers of the following groups of children and young people.

    To qualify the family must be:

    • A Manchester resident or supported by our Homelessness Service; and
    • Whose family has been hardest hit by the recent issues and may be waiting for benefits to be assessed or have a gap in their income due to being laid off etc
      We will be able to pay this money within a few days by the following methods:

    • A bank transfer into a nominated bank account
    • A secure text message that can be used to access cash from a range of Paypoint outlets in the city
    • A voucher that can be printed and can then be exchanged for cash from a range of Paypoint outlets in the city

    To make an application, families need to submit a request via the Council’s Welfare Provision Scheme

    MCC Apply for cash grant if you are in financial crisis

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