Free school meal legislation allows foster parents to claim free school meals. As long as a parent is eligible to claim free school meals, the child can get them. A child could potentially have four parents; two foster parents and two natural parents.
If any one of these four parents meets the criteria, then their child is eligible for free school meals. This would equally apply if the child was being cared for by grandparents or other family members.
However, some foster parents are paid an allowance, which includes covering the cost of school meals. The foster parent and local authority may want to come to an agreement about how this works with regard to free school meals. The child could have the free school meal and the element of the allowance in respect of school meals wouldn’t be paid to the foster parent.
Alternatively, the foster parent could agree not to claim the free school meal and be paid the full allowance. This is something which needs to be resolved between the authority and the foster parent.