Sandwell issues free school meal vouchers to eligible families this October half-term

Parents and carers will be contacted through their child's school and will receive vouchers to go towards the cost of food for the week break.

Councillor Karen Simms, Cabinet Member for children and education said: "We will again be providing funding for free school meals to ensure no child goes hungry this half-term using a voucher scheme to eligible families.

I encourage all those families who are eligible to take up this offer.

I would like to thank all of our schools for their help and support in getting these vouchers to those families who need them." Councillor Rajbir Singh, Leader of Sandwell Council, added: "We used vouchers to help families during the last school holiday and will again do this to make things a little easier for our families to help with the cost of a meal. "With spiralling energy prices, soaring food and living costs, the end of furlough and the removal of the uplift to Universal Credit, these vouchers will help the poorest families in our community who are being hit hardest in the pocket.” Once verified, vouchers will be sent to parents electronically with an alternative being offered to those parents without mobile phones or internet access.

Sandwell Council has budgeted £270,000 to help around 17,500 children.

Eligible families will receive a voucher for £15 per child for the week-long school holiday.

Schools will contact parents in the coming week when details on how to access the vouchers will be available..

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