Holiday Free School Meal vouchers
The deadline to apply for Holiday Free School Meal Vouchers for October half-term is midday on Friday 24 September.
This October half-term, Gloucestershire County Council is providing vouchers to parents who have signed up to our holiday Free School Meals (FSM) scheme. These vouchers are provided by Gloucestershire County Council as part of its commitment to ‘no child goes hungry’. These vouchers are funded through Covid-19 grants.
Parents who have signed up to the scheme will receive a voucher for £15 for each child who is eligible for FSM, which will cover the half-term week.
Applications for Holiday Free School Meal Vouchers for October half term are open from Monday 13 September until midday on Friday 24 September. Vouchers will be sent out between Monday 27 of September and 30 of September. Vouchers are being sent out this early to Covid grant stipulations.
If you have signed up previously you do not need to re-register, and we are encouraging any parents not already signed up to do so as soon as they can.
How does it work?
Before the school holiday starts you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org which will have a link to select the supermarket you would prefer to shop with. Your voucher should come through within an hour of confirming your choice.
Please note that our Holiday Free School Meal scheme is not the same scheme as the EdenRed vouchers provided by the school during term-time. You will still need to register to our scheme to receive holiday vouchers even if you receive vouchers during term-time from EdenRed.
This is also separate to the Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) funded by the Department for Education.
Frequently asked questions
1. I have used the council’s holiday Free School Meal scheme in previous holidays - do I need to apply again?
No. If you have received a voucher through the council’s scheme during previous holidays you do not need to reapply, your voucher will be sent to you automatically.
2. My child has only recently become eligible for Free Schools Meals - is it too late for me to apply?
No, sign up for the next school holiday will be available nearer the time.
3. I did not apply during the previous holidays, but I would like to apply for the next school holiday - can I do that?
Yes. Nearer the time, we will announce that applications are open with a link to the form. We will also link to the application form on this page.
4. Where do the vouchers come from?
You will receive an e-mail from the following e-mail address: email@example.com This is not spam, but may come through into your junk folder, so please check this regularly.
5. I have the e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org but the voucher has not come through yet, what can I do?
Once you have clicked on the link within the e-mail and selected the supermarket you would like to use, the e-voucher should come through within an hour of completing this. If for any reason your voucher does not come through after having selected your supermarket, please contact Auriga on the following number: 0330 123 5550.
6. My e-mail address has changed but I haven’t informed anyone, what can I do?
The vouchers will be sent to the e-mail address you have supplied. If you have received vouchers previously and your e-mail address has changed since then, please e-mail the following address: Childrensfund@gloucestershire.gov.uk providing details of your name, and your child’s name, your old e-mail address, your new e-mail address and whether you first registered for vouchers in previous school holidays since October 2020.
7. My e-mail hasn’t come through yet, when should I receive it by?
You should receive your initial e-mail between the 14th-16th May. If you have not received your voucher by noon of the 19th July, please e-mail: Childrensfund@gloucestershire.gov.uk providing details of your name, and your child’s name, explaining that you have not received the e-mail.
8. Which supermarkets can I use the voucher at?
The following supermarkets are part of this voucher scheme:
The vouchers can also be used online at asda.com if you are unable to access a supermarket.
9. How much will I receive in vouchers?
You will receive a voucher equivalent to your free school meal entitlement of £15 per child per week. For the summer holiday, you will receive the total amount for both weeks of the scheme. For example, if you have two children you will receive one £60 voucher.
10. I have had a child start school this term who is receiving benefits related free school meals and I would like to receive holiday free school meals. What should I do?
Please email email@example.com
If you have any questions that have not been answered in this guide, please contact the Holiday Free School Meal Team at: Childrensfund@gloucestershire.gov.uk.