Covid Summer Food Fund - guidance is here!
Department for Education has published its guidance on the Covid Summer Food Fund. Lots of helpful information and a few more questions from us!
We were pleased to see that the guidance addressed most of the points raised in our letter to the Secretary of State including confirmation that:
- families with no recourse to public funds will be covered by the fund
- schools will be able to make alternative arrangements for families if the Edenred scheme does not work for them
- schools will be able to claim for alternative arrangements from the 'exceptional costs' fund
- families newly eligible for free school meals will be able to access the support
- schools can order vouchers for an extra week if summer holidays stretch to seven weeks
There are however a couple of points that need further clarification so we've written another letter to DfE asking the following:
- Will there be a mechanism for families who become eligible for free school meals during the summer holidays to apply for support?
- Can schools claim from the exceptional costs fund if they provide something other than vouchers?
- Will the guidance on families with no recourse to public funds be updated to reflect the increased income threshold?
You can read our letter here.
In other news ...
In response to the Government’s decision to continue the provision of free school meals over the summer holidays, School Food Matters has written to Gavin Williamson.
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.