Help for pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals

If your child is eligible for a free school meal, the council will help ensure he or she has access to food even whilst schools are closed to the vast majority of pupils.

Here’s how it will work in Knowsley:

Children still attending schools

If your child is still attending school (as the child of a key worker or are they meet the criteria set out by the Government) then they will still be provided with a free school meal from the school that they are attending on the days that they attend. All school kitchens remain open.

Support for pupils who are staying off school

The Government is still developing a national voucher scheme that will be rolled out. At the current time the date for this hasn’t been confirmed. But further details of how this will work will be announced shortly. It is likely to be a food voucher for £10 a week but the council are awaiting full details of this. Any applications for food vouchers will need to be done via your schools directly who will issue you with a voucher. This will likely be in the form of a physical voucher or an e-voucher. Your school will inform you when this is available.

What should I do in the meantime?

The school meals service has made provision to cater for all children who are entitled to a free school meal from Monday 23 March 2020 until the national scheme is launched. Packed lunches will be available for distribution from the following children’s centres:

  • The Star Children’s Centre – St Andrew’s View Tower Hill, Kirkby, L33 1ZF.
  • The Eden Children’s Centre – Westvale Primary School, Melverley Road Westvale, Kirkby, L32 0RQ.
  • The Pride Children’s Centre – 2 Simonswood Lane, Kirkby, L33 5YP.
  • Jubilee Children’s Centre – Twig Lane, Huyton, L36 2LF.
  • Hilltop Children’s Centre – Bedford Close, Huyton, L36 1XH.
  • Southmead Children’s Centre – Sherwood Drive, Whiston, L35 3XZ.
  • New Hutte Children and Families Hub – Lichfield Road, Halewood, L26 1TT.
  • Stockbridge Village Primary – The Withens, L28 1AB

What shall I do if my family and I are self–isolating?

When the voucher scheme is set up it is expected that electronic vouchers will be issued and you will can receive these through your mobile phone or computer but we are still waiting on further details on that from the Government.

Whilst we are waiting for that think about whether there anyone else who can collect the meal(s) on your behalf.

The council has launched a new Coronavirus Community Support and Volunteer Line. The helpline number is 0800 073 0043 and is for residents to use to ask for help and advice. We are working to build a team of volunteers who you may be able to use to deliver lunches whilst you are self-isolating.

What if my child is in a school outside Knowsley?

If you attend a school that is outside of the borough, you need to contact your school as they might have made alternative arrangements.

Here are some useful links to other organisations providing support – Knowsley Foodbank – Kirkby foodban