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Free school meals

Updated Monday 30 March 2020.


Warning: free school meals scam

The Department for Education shared on Twitter on Tuesday 24 March that some parents have received an email stating:

‘As schools will be closing, if you're entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we'll make sure you're supported’.

This is a scam email - do not respond, and delete immediately.


On this page:

Provision of free school meals at schools for vulnerable children and children of key workers

Where the council is the provider of a school’s catering it intends to continue to provide meals, in schools that remain open and where they attend, to vulnerable children and the children of key workers.

Proposal for the provision of free school meals to benefits eligible pupils

Tower Hamlets contract catering services will provide a weekly food bag to eligible parents, carers or guardians to collect from participating schools

Families with more than one free school meals eligible child will get one food bag per child.

Each food bag will contain the following items:

(Please bring your own bag for collection)

  • 1x loaf of brown or white bread
  • 1x tin of tuna
  • 1x tin of baked beans or tin of spaghetti in tomato sauce
  • 6x eggs
  • 1x 500g penne pasta
  • 1x box of cheese triangles (eg Dairylea or similar)
  • 1x cucumber
  • 1x pack of cherry tomatoes
  • 5x fruit (eg a pack of apples, pears, satsumas or bananas)
  • 5x long-life fruit yoghurts

Please note:

  • Food may be subject to change depending on seasonal and supply chain availability.
  • Where there are food allergies, a food voucher may be offered instead.
  • Any leftover food may be frozen or donated to a local food bank.

The council does not manage the budget for free school meals - this is the responsibility of individual schools.

We will share detials of the government's proposed national voucher scheme as information becomes available.

Participating schools in the free school meal bag service

Beginning on Friday 3 April, the following schools will be participating. Please note, it will not operate through the Easter holiday (Monday 6 to Friday 17 April) and will start again on Friday 24 April.

Eligible parents, carers or guardians will be invited.

Alice Model Nursery
Arnhem Wharf
Ben Jonson
Bigland Green Primary School 
Blue Gate Fields Infant
Blue Gate Fields Junior
Clara Grant
Columbia Primary  School
Cubitt Town Infant
Cubitt Town Junior
Cyril Jackson
Elizabeth Selby
Guardian Angels Catholic Primary
Harry Gosling
Harry Roberts
Lansbury Lawrence
Marion Richardson
Old Church Nursery & Pre-School
Old Palace School 
Rachel Keeling
St Agnes
St Anne’s Catholic Primary School 
St John’s CE Primary Schools
St Pauls  (Whitechapel) CE Primary School 
Stepney Greencoat Primary  School 
Stewart Headlam
Thomas Buxton
William Davis
Woolmore Primary School