Free School Meals during Lockdown Period

MARCH 2020

The information below was issued to parents on Wednesday 25th March and covers the period Monday 23rd March until Friday 3rd April. A further update will be issued by Friday 3rd April.

Following the closure of the school on Friday 20th March, as your child is in receipt of Free School Meals, we have been making arrangements to continue to provide meals during the closure period.  In line with government advice; and to limit journeys to and from the school, we have decided to supply you with an electronic voucher that you can spend in supermarkets to buy food.

We are working with ‘Wonde’ a third party provider to enable this; and over the coming day you will receive an email and/or text inviting you to choose a supermarket from the list of available retailers.

We expect this email will come from ‘Wreake Valley Academy’ <> and the text will come from ‘SchoolMeals’.  Once you have clicked on the link in the email or text and selected a supermarket, the actual electronic voucher will then be sent to you directly by email within 24 hours.

The voucher can then be shown in store and scanned from your smartphone or used for online delivery.  Alternatively, it can be printed out and scanned in store.  (If you do not have a smartphone or computer and printer, please contact Mark Twittey via the email below to make alternative arrangements).

The value of the first voucher is £39.95 and this is to cover the first ten days of closure from Monday 23rd March until Friday 3rd April inclusive – approximately £4 per day.  The voucher can only be spent on non-age restricted products.

 In line with government advice, we would recommend that when spending the voucher, only one person visits the supermarket and where possible this voucher is used to buy food for the whole period, to limit the need for multiple visits.

If you and your household are in self-isolation the voucher can be forwarded to someone else to get food for you.  Please note each voucher is unique, so the money on it can only be spent once and they cannot be replaced.

If you have any queries about this scheme, in the first instance, please contact Mark Twittey our Finance Manager by email at

We will be in contact again by Friday 3rd April, to confirm arrangements going forward from that date.

Finally, I want to thank you for your continued support in these exceptional times.  Please keep safe.