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Find out how we will roll out free school meals to all primary pupils in Wales.

First published:
22 July 2022
Last updated:


All primary school children in Wales will get free school meals by 2024.

This commitment is in response to the rising cost-of-living pressures on families and our shared ambitions of:

  • tackling child poverty
  • ensuring no child goes hungry in school

There are also wider benefits of free school meals, including:

  • promoting healthy eating across the school
  • increasing the variety of food options
  • improving social skills at mealtimes
  • improving behaviour and attainment

This will not affect older children who currently receive or are eligible to apply for free school meals.


Your local authority will provide information on when the scheme will be rolled out in your child’s school. All school catering facilities are different and schools will need time to prepare. Many primary schools are carrying out work in their kitchens to be able to cater for a significantly greater number of school meals.

Registering for universal free school meals

You may be asked to register your child for universal free school meals.

This will enable your child’s school to take a headcount of the increased total number of children requiring meals. Your child’s school or local authority should give you more information on this over the coming months. This will not affect other associated benefits.

Contact your local authority for more information.