Published: Thursday, 5th November 2020

Thousands of Medway schoolchildren eligible for free school meals received food parcels or vouchers during October half-term.

Medway Council and Citizens Advice Medway supplied 5,117 children with meals and food vouchers over the half-term holidays.

The council was awarded a one-off payment through the government’s Emergency Assistance Grant to provide residents, who are struggling financially, with food and other essential items they need. Citizens Advice Medway is continuing to manage the grant on behalf of the council and as part of its existing contract through the Local Welfare Provision scheme.  

The independent charity used the Emergency Assistance Grant to provide food packages and vouchers to families during October half-term. Families who contacted Citizens Advice Medway were provided information on how they could access free lunches for eligible children.

Medway Council also contacted schools across Medway and asked them to share details of the initiative with parents and carers.  

Supporting Medway's most vulnerable children

Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “Thanks to the partnership with Citizens Advice Medway, thousands of children had access to Free School Meals over the October half term. I would like to thank Citizens Advice Medway for their ongoing work supporting Medway’s residents. We are committed to supporting Medway’s most vulnerable children.”

Thank you to everyone for making this happen

Cllr Martin Potter, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Education and Schools, said: “I am pleased that thousands of families contacted Citizens Advice Medway and that together we have been able to help 5,117 children this half term. Thank you to everyone at Medway Council and CAB for making this happen and for the wider work of our teams supporting children, families and individuals in need of support in Medway.”

We supported thousands of children

Dan McDonald, Chief Executive Officer at Citizens Advice Medway, said: “I am so proud of my amazing team at Citizens Advice Medway, once again they stepped up and helped set up a huge operation in only two days. We have supported thousands of children in Medway and their parents and carers. My thanks go to the council officers for their support and in particular to the Leader of the council who would ring me several times a day to check in and see how we all were. Finally, I would like to say a huge thank you to all those who came to receive support from us, your kindness and respect to my team was overwhelming.”

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