Common sense prevails!
A campaign victory. The Government has announced it will continue to fund free school meals over the summer holidays.
The Government has announced that children eligible for benefits-related free school meals, will continue to receive support over the summer holidays. Full details are still to be announced, but we know:
The Government will establish a ‘Covid Summer Food Fund’ to provide food vouchers over the six week holiday period.
The Scheme will cost around £120m
This is in addition to the £63m already announced to help councils provide support for low-income families over the summer
This is a great outcome and a victory for collaborative campaigning. Three cheers for the government for listening to the clear community views on this issue and a special mention for one footballer who spoke so eloquently about his own experience of food insecurity!
You can read the BBC News article on the government’s decision here.
In other news ...
Department for Education has published its guidance on the Covid Summer Food Fund. Lots of helpful information and a few more questions from us!
A new study has found that around half of children who received FSM vouchers are eating significantly less fruit and veg since schools closed in March.
School Food Matters is proud to sign a letter urgently seeking clarity on the status of the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme, which has been suspended since March 2020.