Families entitled to extra support with school meals and uniforms can now apply online.
Paper application forms continue to be available on request for applicants who do not have digital access.
Education Minister, Michelle McIlveen said: “The Education Authority (EA) has sought to improve services for families by making it easier for them to apply for this important service.
“I would encourage all parents and guardians of children eligible to Free School Meals to apply now to the EA for the new school academic year.
“This service provides vital support for low income families and ensures that children have access to a nutritious meal when at school as well as helping with the costs of school uniforms.
“I recognise not everyone has digital access so paper application forms will continue to be available on request from the EA and support is also available through its helpdesk.”
Applications can be made online at: www.eani.org.uk/fsm. Parents wishing to request a paper application or seeking help with an online application should contact the EA helpdesk on 028 9041 8044, Monday – Friday 9.00amto 4.30pm.