megaphone icon updated on 10 January 2023
School types: All · School phases: Primary
Ref: 11742

Understand how your school is funded for providing universal infant free school meals (UIFSM) and the rules on spending the grant.

All reception, year 1 and year 2 pupils are eligible

This applies to state-funded schools. The school types covered are:

  • Maintained schools
  • Academies
  • Free schools
  • Alternative provision settings, including pupil referral units (PRUs)

When do we need to provide a meal?

You have a duty to provide universal infant free school meals (UIFSM) to all eligible pupils every school day, either in-school or at another location where you're providing education (for example, a trip on a school day).

UIFSM provision only applies to lunch

You're not expected to provide evening meals. You don't have to provide lunch on non-school days, including school trips over holidays.

The DfE confirmed this.

How your funding allocation is calculated

The UIFSM grant is paid in 2 parts, based on 2 calculations.

A cost of £2.41 for each meal taken by eligible pupils, and The assumption that eligible pupils will take 190 school meals in