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A MAJOR bargain supermarket is set to boost kids school meal vouchers in a bid to help struggling parents.

Iceland is adding to the value of the vouchers when they're redeemed at any of its more than 1,000 shops.

The offer is available at any of the chain's supermarkets or Food Warehouse stores.

Those eligible for free school meals will receive a £15 voucher per child for the half term week from their schools or local councils. 

Shoppers that spend their free school meal voucher at Iceland and scan their Bonus Card at checkout will receive £2 back.

The cash is loaded automatically onto their loyalty card and can be used towards their next shop.


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The promotion is available in-store only between now and Sunday, June 4.

You can find your closest Iceland by using the store locator tool on the supermarket's website.

The chain's loyalty scheme works a little differently to others.

It's a prepaid card that shoppers load money on to and for every £20 uploaded Iceland will give you £1.

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You can then use the card to shop online, in-store or on the app.

Customers signed up to the scheme also benefit from member's-onlyprices on certain products.

This isn't the first time that Iceland has rolled out this half term deal for children on free school meals.

Back in February the same scheme was also dished out to struggling families.

The voucher boost is just one of the initiatives that Iceland is offering this half term to help hard-up households.

Shoppers who spend £25 in-store or £40 online can get a free Kids Pass for three months.

The pass offers over 1,000 discounts on zoos, theme parks, cinemas and restaurants.

Parents who shop at Iceland, The Food Warehouse or on the Iceland website and top up their bonus card with £20 between May 23 and June 6 will get 5% back when shopping.

The frozen-food specialist is also offering mealtime savings across various products including 50% off, three for £5, £2 value items, three for £4 range.

Shoppers can head over to the Iceland or Food Warehouse website for more information on the offers.

Andrew Staniland, group buying director at Iceland Foods & The Food Warehouse said “We know how tough it can be for parents when half term comes around.

"Iceland has taken action to launch the three money saving initiatives which include a free Kids Pass for over 1,000 half term activities, a £2 boost to their bonus card when they spend £15 of school meal vouchers, and savings on food fit for the whole family in its 3 for £5 deals and more."

Who can get free school meals?

Children whose parents claim certain benefits are eligible to receive free school meals:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

If your child receives free school meals during term time then they will be entitled to vouchers during the holidays also.

However, check with your local council as this can change between areas.

You can apply for free school meals through your local authority's website.

If you don't know what your local council is you can do a search on the government's website, it will then provide contact details you need.

Where can I spend free school meal vouchers?

Most parents who are successful in claiming the free school meal vouchers can spend them at the following supermarkets:

  • Aldi
  • Asda
  • Iceland
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Morrisons
  • Sainsbury's
  • Tesco
  • Waitrose

But keep in mind it can vary depending on the terms of your vouchers issued by your council or school.

You'll have to check with them directly to see if any of the supermarkets didn't make the cut on your specific voucher.

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