FOI Request Free School Meal Entitlement and Uptake

Request 101001639494

I would like to request the following information:

1.      The number of children who are entitled to free school meals.
2.      The number of children who are taking up this entitlement.
3.      The number of children who are not taking up this entitlement.
4.      The number of children who would not be eligible for free school meals if not for the universal policy for this age group.
5.      The total cost of providing free school meals to those taking up the entitlement
6.      What if any menu or nutritional guidelines you provide to schools for the free meals.
Please could you provide this information per school year for P1, P2 and P3.

Response 03/11/2017


P1 - 974 pupils

P2 - 1026 pupils

P3 - 998 pupils






P1 - 905 pupils

P2 - 960 pupils

P3 - 927 pupils




All schools provide the same menu which is nutritionally analysed centrally by the Catering Officer using the Nutmeg programme.

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