Coronavirus support - School Meal Holiday Scheme

May 2021 Half Term School Meal Holiday Scheme

The Government has further extended the Covid Local Support Grant. This has allowed us to continue our support to families with school meals for the May 2021 school holiday, helping us ensure no child goes hungry during the upcoming school break. 

The School Meal Holiday Scheme will provide £15 per child to cover the May 2021 school break to families who are eligible and apply. 

Please note that we issue this amount via a bank transfer and do not issue meal vouchers as part of the scheme.

If you have received money via the scheme previously (October and December 2020, February and April 2021), you do not need to reapply to receive money for May half term.

The money will be paid into your nominated bank account automatically by Thursday 20 May 2021.

New claims

If you did not apply during any previous application periods (October and December 2020, February and April 2021) or were not eligible at the time, but your circumstances have now changed, please check you meet the eligibility criteria before submitting your application.

The scheme will open to receive applications from Monday 17 May at 9am and will close on Monday 24 May at 5pm.

Eligible families who apply for the School Meal Holiday Scheme for May 2021 and have not received payment via the scheme in the past are expected to receive payments by Tuesday 1 June 2021. If further eligibility checks are required, this may delay payment. 

Eligibility check

The scheme is for children of statutory school age and eligible under the benefit criteria listed below for free school meals during term time.

The scheme is administered by each local authority to its eligible residents regardless of the borough of the school they attend, so if you live in Havering but your child goes to a school outside of Havering, you apply here with us.

If you live outside of Havering, but your child goes to a Havering school, you need to apply for the scheme with the borough you live in.

All infant age children receive free school meals, but only children in receipt of benefit related free school meals are eligible for this extra support.

If you do not have bank account details, please provide the bank details of a trusted family member or friend.

You can also make arrangements with your child/children’s school to access the funds. Please contact them to discuss.

If you or your child receives any of the following benefits, you may be eligible for this support.

Need more help?

If you have any queries about the scheme or issues around non-payment, please call 01708 432020, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, or send an email

If you are not eligible for support from this scheme, the Havering Emergency Assistance Scheme (run with our partners DABD), supports the most financially vulnerable people in the borough, including those who are not in receipt of qualifying benefits but are in financial difficulties.

Apply for the May 2021 Half Term School Meal Holiday Scheme

Apply for the Havering May 2021 School Meal Holiday scheme (Applications open at 9am on 17 May 2021)

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