Renfrewshire Council

Free school meal payments during school holidays

What the payments include, who will get the payments, how to apply for free school meals, money, benefits and financial support for families.

What the payment includes

If you're a parent or carer with a child in primary and secondary school who gets a free school meal due to family circumstances (on certain benefits), you'll get a payment to cover the school holidays.

Spring break/Easter free school meals payment 

£25.85 per child will be paid directly into bank accounts by Wednesday 27 March 2024.

This is based on a payment of £2.35 per weekday per child and covers the 11-day holiday period.

You do not need to apply again to get this payment.

Who will get the payments

If your child is in P6, P7 or secondary school and they get free school meals on the basis of low income (family on certain benefits), you'll get the payment automatically.

If your child gets a school meal because they are in primary 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5, you'll only get the payment if:

  • they're entitled to a free school meal on the basis of low income (family on certain benefits)
  • you've applied for free school meals for this school year (August 2023 to June 2024).

If you've already applied for free school meals this school year, you do not need to apply again. 

Find out about what payments you could get for your child including:

Free school meals

If you haven't applied for free school meals and you think your child is eligible, you can apply online. You can check if you qualify for free school meals.

You only need to apply once in each school year.

Money, benefits and financial help

Find out on about what benefits you could get for your family including:

You can also speak to our Advice Works team who can give you free and confidential help and support on debt, money, bills, or other financial worries or questions you may have.