School meals statistical bulletins

The following statistical bulletins contain information on school meals for all grant-aided schools in Northern Ireland. These bulletins are usually published in April each year.


This section provides data collected through the School Meals census. The data is collected in October each year for all grant-aided schools in Northern Ireland. The information available includes data on uptake of school meals and of free school meals. The analyses present information by school sector, management type and former Education and Library Board areas.

This is an Official Statistics publication.  Official statistics are produced to high professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Statistics.


Data relating to each of the year's listed may be accessed by clicking on the link for that year.

Further information

More information on the school meals census data collection exercise is available on the following DE page:

Data requests

If you require information that is additional to that already published, contact the Analytical Services Unit (ASU).  We will conduct special analysis of data held upon request, where it is appropriate. 

Review of school meals uptake statistics

Statistics and Research Team within the Department recently reviewed the School Meals Uptake Census and related statistical outputs. The review report is available at the following link:

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