Sheffield school pupils in need will get free food vouchers during half term holiday
Disadvantaged pupils will get free food vouchers during the forthcoming half term holiday after Sheffield Council said it would continue the scheme.
Council chiefs say they recognise many families continue to face financial difficulties because of the pandemic so vouchers will be provided for children who are eligible for free school meals and those who access social care or Multi Agency Support Team, or get income assessed Early Years support.
The vouchers will cover the upcoming May spring bank holiday and are a continuation of the scheme which saw vouchers issued to families during the October, Christmas, February and Easter holidays.
Around 31,500 children will receive vouchers of £15 per child and a letter will be sent out next week to parents with details on how and where to redeem them.
Coun Jayne Dunn the new Cabinet member for education, children and families, said: “School holidays should be a time of joy and fun for families, but we know that Covid-19 had made life difficult for our families and continues to do so despite the easing of restrictions.
“No family should have to worry about where their child’s next meal is coming from during the holidays and, as a council, we are committed to making sure that this doesn’t happen.
“It’s fantastic that we are able to provide free school meal vouchers once again, to support our most vulnerable children and families at what can be an incredibly challenging time.”