School Meal Holiday Scheme

About the scheme

Havering council is continuing the School Meal Holiday Scheme to Havering residents by providing £15 per child per week.

This ensures eligible families receive additional support so their children don’t go hungry during school holidays.

Next payment date

If you are already on the scheme, or have made a new claim in the last application period, you can expect to get your payment during the week that starts on 19 February 2024.

How to apply 

You can apply for the first time or add additional children by using the 'Apply for the School Holiday Meal Scheme' form below.

If you just want to change your existing details please use the 'Update your details for this scheme' form below.

Apply for the scheme

Applications closed at 5pm on 1 February 2024. The next application period will be confirmed soon.

Updating or changing your details

If you need to make any changes like updating you bank account, address and email address you should do this at least 3 weeks before the scheme closes, or it will delay your payment. 

Update your details for this scheme

Who is eligible to apply?

This scheme is for:

Not eligible

  • If you are in receipt of universal infant free school meals this includes reception, year 1 and year 2. You must receive benefit related free school meals. 
  • If you received transactional protected universal credit free school meals
  • Children in nursery 
  • Children in sixth form or further education 

How we make the payment to you

We issue this payment to you by bank transfer. We do not issue vouchers.

If you do not have a bank account, you can provide details of a trusted family member or a friend to receive this payment on your behalf.

We will email you remittance advice when the payment is made. 

Ensure the bank details are correct and up to date. 

You must update your bank details at least 3 weeks before the scheme closes. 

If you do this after this date it will delay your payment.  


If you have queries about non-payment please send an email to, quoting the reference number when you applied (which will begin with F) or your National Insurance Number.

Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme

If you are eligible for free school meals and your child is aged 4 to 16 you can also make an application for the Holiday Activities and Food programme.

This programme aims to support families by offering a range of activities and healthy meals.

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