Children across Medway who are eligible for free school meals will continue to receive support this half term.
Approximately 9,000 children in Medway currently access free meals during the school term and Medway Council is ensuring they will continue to receive support over Easter half term.
Last year the council was allocated £908,596 from the government’s Winter Support Grant to provide additional support to families most affected financially by the coronavirus pandemic and the council is using some of this funding to provide free school meals during the Easter half term.
Schools will give e-vouchers to the parents or carers of eligible children, who will be able to choose what supermarket they spend the food voucher in.
The vouchers will be accompanied by an activity pack which includes recipes for healthy lunches, outdoor and indoor family activity ideas, puzzles and games. The pack also includes activities designed by Nucleus Arts.
Ensuring no Medway child goes hungry this half term
Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “I am pleased that we will be using funding from the government’s Winter Support Grant to ensure no Medway child goes hungry this half term. We understand that the pandemic has placed additional financial pressures on some families and we will continue to ensure children and families receive the support they need and deserve in these challenging times. We are committed to supporting Medway’s most vulnerable children.”
Ensuring children in Medway receive the best start in life
Cllr Martin Potter, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Education and Schools, said: “I am pleased that we will be continuing to offer free school meal provision for children during half term. Medway’s young people have adapted incredibly well during these challenging times and I am sure they have enjoyed being back in the classroom. It is incredibly important that families of school-age children and secondary school pupils continue to regularly take coronavirus tests to help keep children in school safely. I would encourage parents and carers to find out more about the testing available on our website. We are committed to ensuring all children in Medway receive the best start in life.”