Holiday Free School Meal vouchers

The deadline to apply for Holiday Free School Meal Vouchers for October half-term is midday on Friday 24 September.

Sign up for holiday free school meals vouchers

This October half-term, Gloucestershire County Council is providing vouchers to parents who have signed up to our holiday Free School Meals (FSM) scheme. These vouchers are provided by Gloucestershire County Council as part of its commitment to ‘no child goes hungry’. These vouchers are funded through Covid-19 grants.

Parents who have signed up to the scheme will receive a voucher for £15 for each child who is eligible for FSM, which will cover the half-term week.

Applications for Holiday Free School Meal Vouchers for October half term are open from Monday 13 September until midday on Friday 24 September. Vouchers will be sent out between Monday 27 of September and 30 of September. Vouchers are being sent out this early to Covid grant stipulations.

If you have signed up previously you do not need to re-register, and we are encouraging any parents not already signed up to do so as soon as they can.

How does it work?

Sign up for holiday free school meals vouchers

Before the school holiday starts you will receive an email from which will have a link to select the supermarket you would prefer to shop with. Your voucher should come through within an hour of confirming your choice.

Please note that our Holiday Free School Meal scheme is not the same scheme as the EdenRed vouchers provided by the school during term-time. You will still need to register to our scheme to receive holiday vouchers even if you receive vouchers during term-time from EdenRed.

This is also separate to the Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) funded by the Department for Education.

Frequently asked questions

No. If you have received a voucher through the council’s scheme during previous holidays you do not need to reapply, your voucher will be sent to you automatically.

No, sign up for the next school holiday will be available nearer the time.

Yes. Nearer the time, we will announce that applications are open with a link to the form. We will also link to the application form on this page.

You will receive an e-mail from the following e-mail address: This is not spam, but may come through into your junk folder, so please check this regularly.

Once you have clicked on the link within the e-mail and selected the supermarket you would like to use, the e-voucher should come through within an hour of completing this. If for any reason your voucher does not come through after having selected your supermarket, please contact Auriga on the following number: 0330 123 5550.

The vouchers will be sent to the e-mail address you have supplied. If you have received vouchers previously and your e-mail address has changed since then, please e-mail the following address: providing details of your name, and your child’s name, your old e-mail address, your new e-mail address and whether you first registered for vouchers in previous school holidays since October 2020.

You should receive your initial e-mail between the 14th-16th May. If you have not received your voucher by noon of the 19th July, please e-mail: providing details of your name, and your child’s name, explaining that you have not received the e-mail.

The following supermarkets are part of this voucher scheme:

  • Sainsbury's
  • Morrison's
  • Asda
  • Tesco
  • Aldi
    The vouchers can also be used online at if you are unable to access a supermarket.

You will receive a voucher equivalent to your free school meal entitlement of £15 per child per week. For the summer holiday, you will receive the total amount for both weeks of the scheme. For example, if you have two children you will receive one £60 voucher.

If you have any questions that have not been answered in this guide, please contact the Holiday Free School Meal Team at:

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