Free School Meals and Uniform Allowance Application Process Information 22/23

We would like to provide you with an update on the 2022/23 application process for Free School Meals and School Uniform/Physical Education Clothing Allowance. 

The Education Authority (EA) will be issuing communications on the EA website and social media channels to inform parents/guardians of the process for the coming year. We encourage all potential applicants to apply for the support available before 31 July to ensure all is in place for the new school year in September 2022. 

Current Eligible Families and New Applicants 

Parents/guardians who are currently in receipt of support for the 2021/22 school year will receive a letter highlighting the need to apply for the 2022/23 school year and the process to do so. All parents/guardians (including new applicants) will be able to apply online from week commencing 6 June 2022 via the EA website. 

https://www.eani.org.uk/financial-help/free-school-meals-uniform-grants

It is important for all applicants to read and understand what supporting documentation is required for their application. Information on this can be found on the EA website above.

Special Diet 

Parents/Guardians whose child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs (Stage 5) and requires a special diet should contact the Meals and Uniform Section for a paper application form if they wish to apply under the special diet criterion. 

Free School Meals / Uniform Allowance Helpdesk 

The Free Schools Meals and Uniform Allowance Helpdesk is operated by staff across the EA Free School Meals/Uniform Allowance service. It is available to assist parents and guardians who may have any queries.

The Helpdesk operates Monday – Friday from 9am to 4.30pm and can be contacted via email: mealsanduniform@eani.org.uk . The telephone number which should be used for all enquiries is 028 9041 8044.