Over 4,700 Herefordshire children set to receive free food vouchers for the May school holidays

Thousands of Herefordshire children and young people in nurseries, schools and colleges will continue to receive free school meals support during the May half term holidays.

Over 4,700 children primary and secondary school pupils who are entitled to benefits related free school meals will receive a free food voucher up to the value of £15 or equivalent directly through their schools, to cover the cost of a lunchtime meal during half term.

Children who are eligible for the early year's pupil premium and are not in a school setting, will receive a voucher posted direct from the council.

Councillor Ivan Powell, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:

“I’m really pleased that the DWP grant has enabled the council to continue to provide the free school meals support for local families for May half term. The rise in the cost of living is proving very tough for many people, so this additional support is really important for families with children.

“Primary and secondary schools will be contacting parents and carers before holidays to let them know that they are entitled to the free school meal vouchers, and how to receive them.

“Please contact your child’s school directly if you have an eligible child and haven’t heard from them as we approach the half term, or if you think you might qualify. You can check your eligibility and apply through the free school meals page on the council’s website.”

The free school meals food voucher scheme is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) through the government's Household Support Fund to support vulnerable families who are struggling financially.

For more information about the Herefordshire free school meals scheme for the May school holidays, visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/holidaysfsm

Published: 16th May 2024