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National Free School Voucher Scheme

National Free School Voucher Scheme

The National Free School Meal Voucher Scheme is now in operation and the school has applied for E-Codes for parents of pupils who are eligible for free school meals.


If your child is eligible for Free School Meals you will now have received an email to the email account which you have provided to the school.


When you receive your 16 digit E-Code, you will need to access www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk to choose your preferred supermarket E-Gift card which will be worth £60.00 (this is for four weeks).  You will not be able to use the E-Code directly with retailers, it must be exchanged for an E-Gift card.


Parent and Carer FAQs

How do I use my E-code to select a supermarket E-Gift Card?

  1. Copy the code from your email
  2. Go to www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk
  3. Enter the 16-digit E-Code
  4. Select your preferred supermarket
  5. Enter the amount and add to basket
  6. Checkout and enter the email address you would like the E-Gift card sent to
  7. Your E-Gift card will be processed and sent (please allow up to 3 hours for it to be delivered to your inbox)


What Supermarkets can I pick from?


Aldi - will join this scheme from Monday 27th April 2020

Asda

M & S Food

Morrisons

Sainsbury's

Tesco

Waitrose (John Lewis)

 

How do I know what the value of the E-Code is?

The value will be stated in the email sent to you by school.  This has been set at £15.00 per week for one child and your first E-Code value is for 4 weeks so is worth £60.00.


Do I have to use the full value of the E-Code when choosing my E-Gift card?

Yes, your balance will be visible on the webpage


Can I choose to redeem my E-Code at more than one supermarket?

  1. Yes, you can mix and match different supermarket retailers within the same order provided that the total you have chosen for each is equal to the value of the E-Code you have entered.  For example, a £60.00 E-Code, you could choose £30.00 Tesco and £30.00 Sainsbury’s.
  2. Simply enter the value you would like to order on each supermarket E-Gift card and your balance will update automatically.


How long do I have to redeem the E-Code?  And what happens if my E-Code has expired?

  1. Your E-Code will expire after 1 month.
  2. If your E-Code has expired, it will be cancelled and the money associated is then returned to the Department of Education.


What can I purchase in-store with the E-Gift Card?

The E-Gift card is issued to you in respect of the Free School Meal benefit and will only be accepted for the purchase of food and groceries.


How do I use a supermarket E-Gift card?

  1. A supermarket E-Gift card is a digital voucher.  It contains a link to a barcode which can be presented at the till in-store on a smartphone screen or printed piece of paper.
  2. You do not need to spend the full value of the voucher in one transaction.
  3. Some E-Gift cards can be used to purchase online groceries.  Please see the table below:

Supermarket

Spend In-store?

Spend Online?

Expiry date

Asda

Yes

Yes

24 months from last transaction

M & S Food

Yes

No

24 months from last transaction

Morrisons

Yes

No

12 months expiry

Sainsbury’s

Yes

No

24 months from last transaction

Tesco

Yes

No

5 years from last transaction

Waitrose (John Lewis)

Yes

Yes

24 months from last transaction

 

My School has ordered an E-Code for me, but it hasn’t come through to my email?

  1. Check your Junk/Spam/Clutter mail
  2. If this still hasn’t arrived within 3 hours, please contact us via enquiry@braidwood.bham.sch.uk
  3. If necessary, the school can cancel the previously sent E-Code and resend to your correct email address


I have ordered an E-Gift Card and it hasn’t come through to my Email?

  1. Check your Junk/Spam/Clutter mail
  2. You will receive two emails – one will be a confirmation order and the second email will be the E-Code. If your order confirmation email has arrived, then your E-Card is in a queue and is on its way.
  3. If you have received neither emails, it is possible that you have entered your email address incorrectly at checkout.  If you think this may be the case, please contact: freeschoolmealsparentscarers@edenred.com

 

I am not able to get to the supermarket?

You can forward the supermarket E-Gift card to someone else to purchase goods on your behalf if you are unable to get to the supermarket.  The E-Gift card email contains a link to a barcode which can be presented at the till in-store.

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