Putting food on the Christmas table for children and young people

News / Wed 16th Dec 2020 at 10:22am

Putting food on the Christmas table for children and young people

ESSEX County Council has launched a Christmas free school meals programme and is sending out vouchers to parents of eligible children and to qualifying young people this week.

It means the families of 35,000 children and young people will have £30 per child to spend on food over the two-week holiday.
Parents and young people will be sent their e-vouchers by email or text by Friday 18 December.

Printed vouchers will be provided to parents who cannot access them online.

The vouchers can only be exchanged for food. They can be used in most supermarkets and the McColls chain of local shops.

Essex County Council has commissioned Wonde, a national provider of free school meal vouchers, to send the vouchers direct and ease the burden on schools that are already busy coping with the impacts of covid-19.

Parents or young people who have received vouchers or who have questions can find out more at help.schoolvouchers.com/hc/en-gb.

Cllr Louise McKinlay, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Essex County Council, said: “Building on the extensive support that we have given to families during the pandemic, the Christmas free school meals initiative should mean there is food on the table for every one of the 35,000 children and young people in Essex who are eligible for free school meals.

“I want to thank the government, schools, colleges and council staff for their hard work in making this happen in a very short space of time and to wish all the children, young people and their families a happy Christmas and new year.”

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