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County Council boosts Easter Free School Meals help

Published
25.03.2021

Children in Gloucestershire who are entitled to receive Free School Meals will be supported with vouchers for the Easter holidays.

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The county council has committed extra funding to protect children from going hungry during the school holidays as a result of the COVID lockdown; eligible families who haven't registered should visit the apply for free school meals page. Gloucestershire families in receipt of free school meals will be able to claim vouchers for both weeks of the holidays.

This is in addition to the Department for Education Holiday Activity Support already in place for the first week on the holidays. Families will still be entitled to this support, which includes meal packs and activities, but the council will now provide two weeks additional vouchers as well.

Families who previously registered their details for holiday Free School Meals vouchers will automatically receive them this time.

Those who have registered for the Holiday Activity Fund scheme will still receive their home food kits and access to activities for the first week of the holidays, as planned.
Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council said: “At the beginning of this pandemic, we made a committed to make sure no child in Gloucestershire will go hungry in these challenging times, and it’s a commitment we take very seriously.

“That’s why we have taken the decision to provide vouchers for both weeks of the Easter holidays, to supplement the Holiday Activity Fund offer. I’d urge all those eligible to make sure they’re signed up.”

Eligible families will need to be registered by 5pm Monday, 29th March in order for vouchers to be processed in time for the end of term. Vouchers will be sent via email.

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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