Free School Meal Voucher Update

During these challenging times, many families have been concerned about how they will receive the financial support they need to feed their children at home without the free school meal entitlement during the current closure of schools.

The East Manchester Academy wants to ensure that all our students have access to a lunchtime meal throughout the current coronavirus closure. To help deliver this support, Edenred UK are working with the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver supermarket vouchers to those families.

Current Supermarket Voucher Choices

  • Aldi
  • Asda
  • Marks and Spencer
  • Martins
  • McColls
  • Morrisons
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Tesco
  • Waitrose

You will receive this support in the form of an eCode that you can redeem online from a selection of supermarket ‘eGift cards’ if the school has a working email address for you. You can update The East Manchester Academy with this by using the email address You will need to provide your child’s FULL NAME, DATE OF BIRTH and POSTCODE.

The eCode will be sent to your email address. You will receive further instructions with this eCode about how to redeem online.

You will receive £15 per child per week. You will receive a different eCode for each child.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further support by using the email

Frequently asked questions about the free school meals voucher scheme

The full list of FAQs are available online.

Are you eligible for free school meals?

If your employment status has changed as a result of the current coronavirus lockdown you can check your eligibility for free school meals online.

Then, update us with a working email address by contacting the school using You will need to provide your child’s FULL NAME, DATE OF BIRTH and POSTCODE. We will be notified of your eligibility at the same time as you and you will receive an eCode as outlined above.

Support for families facing hardship

Because schools have closed and some families are facing additional financial challenges due to the Covid-19 virus, Manchester City Council (MCC) want to provide support to families, who most need it.

MCC are providing a financial grant to parents and carers of the following groups of children and young people.

To qualify the family must be:

  • A Manchester resident or supported by our Homelessness Service; and
  • Whose family has been hardest hit by the recent issues and may be waiting for benefits to be assessed or have a gap in their income due to being laid off etc
    We will be able to pay this money within a few days by the following methods:

  • A bank transfer into a nominated bank account
  • A secure text message that can be used to access cash from a range of Paypoint outlets in the city
  • A voucher that can be printed and can then be exchanged for cash from a range of Paypoint outlets in the city

To make an application, families need to submit a request via the Council’s Welfare Provision Scheme

MCC Apply for cash grant if you are in financial crisis

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