School meals statistical bulletins

The following statistical bulletins contain information on school meals for all grant-aided schools in Northern Ireland.


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.


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 Statistics and Research Team.  We will conduct special analysis of data held upon request, where it is appropriate. 

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