Free School Meals

Department for Education written question – answered on 16th September 2020.

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Photo of Lord Storey Lord Storey Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Education)

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children received free school meals during the 2020 summer holidays.

Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The number of children who received a free school meal (FSM) during the 2020 summer holidays is held at school level, we do not hold this information.

The number and proportion of students who qualify for FSM is published in the ‘Schools, pupils and their characteristics’ publication and its underlying data files. As of the January 2020 school census, there are around 1.4 million children eligible for and claiming FSM. Statistics for the 2020 school census are available at:

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