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School Meal Vouchers

Nottingham City Council has worked with several major supermarket chains to operate a voucher or gift card scheme with local supermarkets, that will be available to all parents/guardians of FSM pupils during a period of closure.

With the current pressure on schools nationally as a result of Coronavirus, we want to ensure your child continues to receive support in respect of their school meals.

If your child is in receipt of means-tested Free School Meals, your school will issue you with a £20 voucher or gift card for food and groceries every 2 weeks it is closed due to the Coronavirus.

This scheme is coordinated by Nottingham City Council; however, each school will be responsible for communicating any specific arrangements to you.

Final arrangements for this scheme and details of participating supermarkets are yet to be confirmed, so please look out for school communications around these arrangements when they are agreed.  

Further info and FAQs

How do I obtain my child’s voucher or gift card? 

You will be able to collect your voucher or gift card from your school.

How do I get my child’s voucher or gift card if I am self-isolating? 

If your family are self-isolating, you should arrange for a nominated person to collect your voucher or discuss options with your school. For more information and guidance on self-isolation, please visit our dedicated Coronavirus page

Which voucher or gift card scheme has my school implemented? 

Your school will communicate this to you directly.

Will my school keep the same voucher or gift card scheme for the duration of closure? 

Not necessarily. Each school has been given a choice of voucher or gift card and they have the flexibility to change. They may also choose to adopt a national scheme should one be introduced.

What if a national scheme is implemented by government?

If a national scheme is announced, your school may choose to opt into this. Your school will communicate any changes to you and this web page will be updated with all the latest information.

What can I spend the voucher or gift card on? 

Vouchers and gift cards issued are strictly intended for use on food and grocery products. Each voucher or gift card will have its own terms & conditions, including specific restrictions on what can and can’t be purchased with them. Supermarkets reserve the right to refuse sale of any goods that are not food or grocery.

Will I get a choice of voucher or gift card?

No. Due to the logistical complexity of this, each school will choose one option that they think is the best fit for their families.

When can I collect my child’s voucher or gift card?

Vouchers or gift cards will be available for you to collect from school at the beginning of any period of school closure. Specific arrangements will be communicated to you directly from your school.

Which supermarkets will accept Nottingham City Council vouchers?

At present, they are only accepted in the selected Asda supermarkets.

What are the T&Cs for Nottingham City Council’s voucher?

  • This voucher may be redeemed at the identified retailers for food purchases only up to the value of £20.00
  • No change will be given
  • Must be used in a single food transaction
  • No cash value
  • Cannot be redeemed for any for non-food items
  • Expires 31 May 2020

I have been issued with a gift card – where can I use it?

Specific supermarket gift cards are accepted in any store within that chain.

Aldi store finder  

Co-op store finder  

Morrisons store finder

Sainsbury’s store finder


If you have any further questions, please contact your school.