No child will go hungry in Gloucestershire this Christmas

Published
09.12.2020

Children in Gloucestershire who are entitled to receive Free School Meals, will be supported with vouchers over the Christmas holidays. 

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All eligible pupils who registered and received support during the October half-term will automatically receive vouchers for Christmas - there is no need for these parents and carers to register again. Some pupils may also already have been registered by their school. If so, they should have received a letter from school confirming this.

Any families who believe they are eligible, but who have not already registered by either of these routes, can apply for the support here.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council said: “Earlier this year we made a promise to guarantee that no child in Gloucestershire will go hungry during this pandemic, and we have worked hard to ensure we keep that commitment this Christmas. A nutritious meal every day is the very least every child should have, and that’s especially important at this time of year.’

“Thanks to the work our teams put in during October, when we were able to help more than 5,000 children across Gloucestershire, we can now quickly deliver support to all those who registered with us then. However, we know that there are more people that could benefit from this support, so I would urge anyone who is eligible to apply, via our website. We all need help sometimes, and it’s what we’re here for.”

Eligible families will need to be registered by 15th December in order for vouchers to be processed in time for the end of term. Vouchers will be sent via email.

Details on how to apply can be found here. If you cannot access information online or have any questions relating to the scheme, call 01452 426165  (during office hours, 9am-5pm) or alternatively e-mail childrensfund@gloucestershire.gov.uk.

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