It takes just a few minutes to apply for Free School Meals online, to receive instant confirmation. (You’ll need your National Insurance number available when you apply) Free School Meals Eligibility Checking Service Free School Meal Vouchers – Update 22/4/2020 Free School Meal vouchers continue to be distributed to eligible families, and from this week as part of the new national DfE scheme with supplier EdenRed. Vouchers have been issued as follows: Week Date Value Emails Issued Postal Issued Voucher Scheme Redemption Website Easter 1 Easter week 1 £15 03/04/20 03/04/20 BCC/ Sodexo www.vouchershopexchange.co.uk/ Easter 2 Easter week 2 £15 15/04/20 15/04/20 BCC/ Sodexo www.vouchershopexchange.co.uk/ Summer Term 1 20/4/20 – 24/04/20 £15 21/04/20 23/04/20 DfE EdenRed www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk Summer Term 2 27/4/20 – 08/05/20 £30 22/04/20 23/04/20 DfE EdenRed www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk Summer Term 3 Summer Term 4 11/05/20 – 22/5/20 £30 08/05/20 08/05/20 DfE EdenRed www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk Summer Term 5 Half Term 25/05/20 – 29/05/20 Not funded by DfE Not funded by DfE Not funded by DfE DfE EdenRed www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk Frequently Asked Questions: Q: Which stores can I redeem my voucher for? A: Morrisons | Asda | Sainsburys | Tesco | M&S | John Lewis | Aldi (From 27/4/20) Q: I have not received my voucher redemption email? A: Please check your junk mail folder for emails from firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. If it is still not there we can check the email address is correct and re-send. Q: I can’t redeem the full value of the voucher? A: Sometimes the supplier may run out of denominations for a particular store, particularly £5 denominations. These are regularly updated, so please try again later, or select a different store if possible. Q: I am no longer entitled to FSM? A: During the roll out of universal credit, any eligible students have their FSM status protected until the end of their school stage and so vouchers will continue to be provided even if benefits stop being claimed. Q:I have redeemed my voucher code on the www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk website but have not received it. A: Codes can take up to 24 hours to be processed and sent, so please be patient and check your junk mail folder again. Q: When will the next vouchers be sent? A: As per the schedule above. Q: I am not currently claiming/eligible for FSM, but my circumstances have changed. How do I check eligibility? A: Please visit http://www.colmers.bham.sch.uk/free-school-meals/ and click the check eligibility link. Q: Any other questions? A: Please email any other questions or queries to firstname.lastname@example.org Redeeming Vouchers Where we have email details for parents/carers, you will receive a code and should redeem this online at www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk/ There is a queuing system in operation to ensure the system is not overloaded and patience is required. Sometime up to an hour to wait but you can leave this page open and carry on with other things. Once the codes are redeemed, the supermarket voucher will be sent to the email address used, however we have heard reports of some delays with codes being received so again please be patient. Where we do not hold an email address, vouchers will be redeemed asap and sent by post on behalf of the parent. (opens in a new tab) We have a superb catering provision at Colmers, and provide healthy meal options at Breakfast, Break and Lunchtimes. All food is offered at competitive prices with items starting as low as 55p. Where a student is entitled to Free School Meals, we allocate a £1.75 allowance to be spent at break time or lunchtime each day. Parents and carers should also be aware that our cashless catering system ensures that it is not seen or known which students are in receipt of Free School Meals. In addition to the obvious benefits associated with having a healthy meal each day, our school also receives significant additional funding for every child that is eligible for Free School Meals. With this additional funding, we are able to provide a range of additional benefits to our students to ensure that no child falls behind and ensure that we actively reduce the learning gap for students who arrive from low income backgrounds. You are eligible for Free School Meals if you, or your partner are in receipt of any of the following benefits: Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (or) Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (or) Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (or) The guaranteed element of Pension Credit (or) Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190) (or) Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit (or) Universal Credit It takes just a few minutes to apply for Free School Meals online, to receive instant confirmation. (You’ll need your National Insurance number available when you apply) Online via the Free School Meals Eligibility Checking Service The online checking service saves you any need to submit paper evidence to validate your application and is very easy to complete! If you require any assistance or would like us to submit an application on your behalf please call Mrs Fowke on 0121 453 1778 and we will process the application on your behalf. We strongly encourage all eligible parents and carers to apply for Free School Meals as soon as possible to ensure that you receive the maximum benefit for this school year.