Common sense prevails!

16 June 2020

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.

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Guidance is here!

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We're warmly welcoming the guidance on providing school meals during lockdown as there's help available to ensure that free school meal children don't go hungry this lockdown.

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