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FSM Voucher Scheme

Covid Winter Grant Scheme

A new £170 million Covid Winter Grant Scheme announced on 8 November will be run by local authorities in England.

For those who haven't received any ecodes, if you haven't done so already please email me directly on

If you are eligible for this scheme, you will receive an email this week, which contains a 16-digit eCode and a link to the redemption. 


Once families have received their voucher, they will be able to redeem them in-store at the selected retailer by either:

  • presenting the voucher on a smartphone or tablet
  • presenting a paper copy of the voucher

Families are free to select the most appropriate food and drink for their child. When selecting products, we encourage families to consider health and nutrition. The School Food Standards may act as a useful guide for families.


The vouchers should not be redeemed for any age-restricted items, such as alcohol, cigarettes or lottery tickets.

There are a number of online resources available to support families in preparing healthy and nutritious food, including on the NHS Eat Well website.


Further details regarding how eCodes can be redeemed are available in the parents/carer's FAQ document.


If you have any questions, please contact 

Latest News

19/06/2020 School Summer Holidays

It was announced this week that the Covid Summer Food Fund will ensure that children in England who are eligible for free school meals are supported over the summer holiday. Further information will be available once the Department for Education has updated their guidance.


19/06/2020 New parent/carer user guide

Having listened to feedback, we have produced a new illustrated and easy to follow user guide for parents/carers on how to redeem eCodes and use eGift cards. Attached above.


 10/06/2020 Expiry date change

As of 1st June, the Department for Education changed the expiry period for eCodes from 4 months to 2 months.


 Orders placed before 1st June will still have an expiry period of 4 months, even if the delivery/activation date is after 1st June.


 If you are unsure whether an eCode will expire after 2 months or 4 months, please refer to:

  • The email in which the eCode was sent
  • Login to the online ordering website, go to 'eCode Management' and search for the eCode. The expiry date can be found in the specific eCode information.



 Once an eCode has expired, it cannot be redeemed for an eGift card. eGift cards have different expiry periods: please see Q15 in the  parent/carer FAQs.



29/04/2020 - The next lot of vouchers have been emailed, these are to cover last week and this week.  Please ensure to redeemed them soon.  The next batch has been processed and will cover 4 weeks for the whole of May.




New supermarkets coming on board

  • Aldi eGift cards are now available for parents/ carers to redeem as of today (27th April)
  • McColls will be joining from Wednesday this week (29th April) and can be spent in McColls and Martin’s stores



Expiry dates for eCodes

The expiry date for all new eCodes being sent from today will now be 4 months after the delivery date. For eCodes already sent, they have now also had their expiry dates extended, so they will also now expire 4 months after the original delivery date.


If you have not received eCodes you have ordered, please check your ‘junk’ folders before contacting Edenred.


We have had some reports of parents receiving a 16-digit eCode by post and taking these into supermarkets to try and spend them. As a reminder, supermarkets cannot accept eCodes, parents must first exchange them online for supermarket eGift cards


Aldi joins free school meals national voucher scheme

Aldi has joined the list of supermarkets that will redeem vouchers secured through the free school meals national voucher scheme. Supermarkets available also include Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, M&S, Asda and Morrisons. Schools will be able to order vouchers for Aldi through Edenred from the week commencing 27 April.