Free school meals

Our Council is committed to ensuring that all of our children continue to be supported throughout all of our School Holidays. Our Summer Holidays will begin on Friday 3 July and will run until Tuesday 11 August 2020.

Packed lunch

Dumfries and Galloway Council has agreed to continue providing Free School Meals during the summer holidays keeping the same options of delivery of a food pack or direct cash payment until the Schools return.

If you are already registered for Free School Meals, you don't need to do anything to continue this service over the Summer Holidays.

You can change your option at any time and more details on how to do this are included below along with how to apply if you think you may be eligible for this Service.

Please note that for parents / guardians who have opted to receive Option 1: Cash Payments, as this is the last week of term (Monday 29 June - Thursday 2July 2020) your payment this week will be £17.50 per child. This payment will be made in the usual way. Payments will continue over the summer holiday as part of the Holiday Hunger Programme, funded by Dumfries & Galloway Council and your next payment of £35 per child will be made every fortnight from next week.

If you have any queries on the above payment schedule, please email and our Team will be able to help you.

If you have not already registered then there are different options available to you:

Families now have 3 ways they can receive Free School Meals

  • Option 1: Receive a cash payment of £35 every 2 weeks (£17.50 per week) per child and make your own food arrangements
  • Option 2: Delivery of a Free School Meals food pack direct to your house
  • Option 3: Collection of a Free School Meals food pack from a Community Hub

If you are already registered for Free School Meals, you can change your option to a cash payment by completing the online application form and selecting option 1. If you want to change from option 2 to 3 or option 3 to 2 you can do this by speaking to a member of the Solutions Centre Team on 01387 271112 or via e-mail on

Entitlement criteria

Parents and Guardians who meet the entitlement criteria will be eligible for this support. If you receive any of the following Benefits, you may be entitled to receive our Free School Meal Support:

  • Income Support
  • Job Seeker's Allowance (Income based)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income based)
  • Child Tax Credit on its own, with an annual taxable income of less than £16,105 (subject to change)
  • Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with an annual taxable income of less than £6,900 (subject to change)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit with a monthly earned income of not more than £610
  • Council Tax Reduction

If you wish to find out if you would be entitled to Free School Meals, please contact our Education Support Team via e-mail on

Option 1 (cash payment)

You must register to receive the payment.

The cash payment is £35 every 2 weeks, per child and allows families the flexibility to make their own arrangements to meet the needs of their child while supporting families to make the best choice for their child. The payment of £35 is one of the highest amounts any Council in the UK is making to support families during COVID-19.

You need to register by 10.00pm on a Tuesday for a direct payment to be processed by a Friday for payment to you on a Tuesday/Wednesday. This is a rolling programme until schools return or the end of term, so you only need to register once.

If you have any questions regarding your payment, please contact and leave a message.  We will respond as soon as we can.


Option 2 (delivery) and Option 3 (collection) of food packages

If you do not wish to opt for a cash payment, you have two other options of picking up a food pack from one of our Community Hubs or having your food pack delivered directly to your home.

Families must confirm that they want to be included in this scheme if they aren't already by completing an online form.

This service will be provided once a week and you can choose to have it delivered to your door or you can collect it from a central pick up point. Families will only receive this service if they complete the online application form.

When the completed form has been received and processed delivery of the food pack will commence on the next delivery day.

Contact or call 01387 271112 if you have any questions about the food packages.