07 Dec Free School Meals scheme extended over Christmas break in Sheffield
Following the council’s decision to step in when the Government decided not to extend the Free School Meals scheme over the last half term, Sheffield City Council has once again pledged to support thousands of children and young people with free school meals during the Christmas break.
Vouchers of £35 per child, are being sent out this week to everyone who receives free school meals. The scheme will also include parents of two year olds who are eligible for help with childcare, care leavers and families who are supported by our social care services. This follows the Government announcement of a winter grant schemes to provide support with food and bills over the festive period.
Over 22,000 children in Sheffield are currently in receipt of free school meals and an additional 7000 children will also receive a voucher to help provide financial support over the holidays.
The Council will work with schools and communities to administer the programme.
Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “As we enter the winter months and especially during this pandemic an increased number of families across the city will be facing financial hardship. These vouchers will provide support to people who are most in need at the end of what has been a very difficult year for many.
“No child should ever go hungry, or be cold; I hope this support goes some way in preventing this from happening. I encourage everyone who is eligible and is in need of help to claim it.”
If any parent is struggling to access their voucher please contact your school in the first instance or call the helpline on 0114 2734567.