Free school meals to continue through Summer holidays

Children in England eligible for free school meals in term-time will now get vouchers to support them during the summer holidays.

Free school meals to continue through Summer holidays

Children in England eligible for free school meals in term-time will now get vouchers to support them during the summer holidays.

The Government announcement this week follows a campaign led by the Manchester United and England footballer, Marcus Rashford.

More than 1.3 million young people are entitled to free school meals in England, including 9,100 in Rotherham.

During the coronavirus pandemic, when children entitled to free school meals are not in school, the cost (set at £15 per child, per week) is provided through a Government voucher system, which parents either access directly through one of the Government's appointed administrators or through their school, who collect the vouchers on their behalf.

The vouchers are redeemable against the cost of a food shop at a wide range of supermarkets.

It is thought the number of families in need is likely to be much greater than those claiming free school meals, as the impact of the pandemic continues to force thousands more families into financial insecurity.

The Council will continue to work with schools, families and the Government to ensure that children and young people in Rotherham receive the support they need.

Please see our website for further information about the support available for vulnerable residents during the coronavirus crisis:

Help for vulnerable residents

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