A notice for for parents of children entitled to free school meals. 

Please note: the latest government guidance on FSM was published late on the 30th March. We will update our system accordingly by the 1st April.

FREE SCHOOL MEALS: VOUCHERS DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE

While the school remains closed due to the Coronavirus situation, your child is still eligible to receive a free school meal.

In order to encourage families to stay at home, we have made the decision to offer a voucher scheme rather than asking you to collect a meal from the school.

From Monday 30th March 2020, you will receive a voucher during each term time week that the school is closed so that your child can still benefit from this support.  The value of the weekly voucher will be £11.35 (£2.35 x 5 days).

You will receive a text message from a company called WONDE asking you which supermarket you would like to spend your voucher in.  After you have made your choice from the list provided, you will receive an email informing you that your vouchers will be with you in due course.  They will be sent to you via your phone or an email. They will not ask you for your banking details (see important information below regarding scams).

It is very important that the contact details we have for you at the school are correct.   In the next day or so, you will receive a letter from us in the post asking you to check your primary contact details, particularly your mobile number and email address.  If they are incorrect, we will not be able to get the vouchers to you.

If the details are incorrect, please email meals@lister.newham.sch.uk and provide us with the correct email and/or mobile phone details.  Please do not forget to give us your child’s name and date of birth in the email, along with your own name.  If your contact details are correct, you will not need to take any further action.

Scam Warning – Be aware of scam emails

We have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following: ‘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’.

We can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete it immediately.

 

Yours faithfully

Claudia O’Garro

School Business Manager

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