School Holiday Food Fund Programme

The Holiday Food programme is specifically aimed at providing children and young people, in Primary 1 to S6, with one free meal per day during the school holiday periods.

October School Holidays are fast approaching and will begin from Monday 12 October until Friday 23 October 2020.

To support families during the October holidays our Council will continue to make Direct Cash Payments of £40.00 per child to all of the families who are registered for Free School Meals within our region. This payment will be in the same way that the school clothing grant was paid.


You will be eligible for a payment if you meet both sets of criteria below:

  1. have a child enrolled in formal education within Dumfries and Galloway
  2. have been assessed as satisfying the conditions for Free School Meals

You should receive the payment on Monday 12 October.  If you have more than 1 child who satisfies the conditions as listed above you will receive a single payment that includes £40.00 per child.

Our Council wants to support families during COVID-19 and the continuation of the Direct Cash Payment ensures that we are doing all we can to support our children and young people during this challenging time.

We will also be continuing the Direct Cash Payments for the Christmas School Holidays (21 December 2020 - 5 January 2021) and we will remind you of this again nearer the time in December.

Other organisations

The Third Sector Organisations who were due to deliver activities may still be offering activity packs and or meals within your local community so please look out for any advertising which highlights this support locally.

We hope that this support will make a positive difference to you and your families during this holiday period which we know can be a challenging time for so many families. If you do know of any families who are struggling and need help with increasing their incomes and reducing their costs, please share this page with them and ask them to contact the Council.  We will ensure that we help and support them through all of our services and partner organisations who specialise in supporting families in need.

If you have any queries in relation to Free School Meals Applications, please contact our Welfare and Benefits Team on 030 33 33 3006 or via the link below:

Further information

  • Email
  • Call 030 33 33 3000
  • Write to: Tackling Poverty and Inequalities Team, Oasis Youth Centre, Newall Terrace, Dumfries, DG1 1LW
Page last updated: 06/10/2020
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