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.


The data is usually 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 include information presented by school sector and school management.

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 is available on the following DE page:

Data requests

If you require information that is additional to that already published, contact the Statistics and Research Team (SRT).  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 this data collection and the related statistical outputs. The review report is available at the following link:

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