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Hampshire County Council Catering Services (HC3S)

Free School Meals


Free school meals are available only to children whose parents/guardians are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

No other benefits qualify for free school meals.

Applying for free school meals

There is a new online service, where you can check your own eligibility for free school meals, or you can check on behalf of someone else.

To complete a check you will need the following information for yourself, or the person you are checking on behalf of:

Please note that by following the link below to the online free school meals eligibility checking service, you are leaving Hampshire County Council's website.  

The data you enter on the screen will be used to process your request.

I would like to check for free school meal eligibility.

The service is now online however if schools want to use the previous application form for their information or to continue to liaise with us for checks, the documentation is still available below:

Word version Microsoft Word 52kb

PDF version Download Acrobat Reader to view this PDF 32kb

School Uniform Grant

You may also be entitled to receive a grant for school uniform. For more information see the Children's Services information.

1 Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school lunches.  Children who received a qualifying benefit in their own right area also eligible to receive free school meals.


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