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Nearly 4000 families benefit from Free School Meals over Easter holidays


Gloucestershire County Council and their Free School Meals partner, Caterlink, have been delivering around 3000 food hampers over the Easter Holidays to help Gloucestershire households who are having to remain at home.


A further 600 packed lunches a day are being delivered during the school holidays to children who receive Free School Meals.

From 23 March children receiving Free School Meals have been getting packed lunches to make sure they do not go without. Families who are self isolating have been receiving a hamper with ten days of food inside. The hamper comes with recipe cards so parents can cook with their children during this period of distancing.

Cllr Richard Boyles, cabinet member and deputy leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said, “We continue to support families as much as possible during these unprecedented times and the Free School Meals scheme is there to make sure children don’t go without. If your household income has changed recently you could also be entitled to this scheme, so please check if you qualify online.

“I want to personally thank our schools, council staff and our catering partner for getting food to children and families who need it.”

Last month the Department for Education (DfE) announced additional funding for a supermarket voucher scheme, which will help schools to support families where they are not able to get Free School Meals to children through the council and Caterlink. The DfE scheme means schools can provide eligible families with supermarket vouchers for term time weeks, worth £3 per lunch per child.

Around 7000 children in Gloucestershire receive Free School Meals. Children who are at school because their parents or carers are key workers are still getting lunches. 

More information about Free School Meals can be found on our schools frequently asked questions webpage.

Please be aware of scam emails about Free School Meals – the Department for Education have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.  This is a scam email and is not official. If you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete it immediately. Schools will contact parents directly.

If your household income has changed recently you can check if your child is now eligible for Free School Meals. Please visit our website at where you can apply on line and will receive an instant decision on your eligibility.

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