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Free School Meals (during Covid)

During the Coronavirus outbreak Hope Valley College are working with Derbyshire County Council to ensure that families who usually receive Free Schools Meals (FSM) receive food vouchers during term time & the holiday periods.

We are contacting all those families who are currently receiving Free School Meals and registering them on the government scheme which is managed by Edenred.

The government announced details of this scheme on Tuesday 31 March 2020. Further details can be found on the government website here.


Who is eligible for the supermarket vouchers?

The families of all those students who currently receive free school meals are eligible for the supermarket vouchers.

Details of eligibility for free school meals in Derbyshire can be found here.

There may be families whose situation has changed and their child(ren) may be eligible for free school meals. They will need to apply for free school meals via the local council or authority using the link above.


How much are these vouchers worth?

The scheme provides a single voucher to the value of £15 each week for every child eligible for benefits-related free school meals who is not attending school. 


Need help?

The Department for Education has produced this guides to help explain the process:


What about students who are attending school?

Those children of critical workers and vulnerable children who are still attending our school during term time will continue to receive free school meals during the day in school - instead of this voucher scheme.


Free School Meal support during the school holidays

Food vouchers during school holidays are currently being administered through Derbyshire County Council as part of the Government Covid Winter Grant Scheme.

All families who are receiving Free School Meals have been registered with DCC. Further information  can be found here.