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Free school meals provided during half term through council investment

Plans are once again in place to ensure Wirral children who normally get free school meals do not go hungry during the school holidays.

Wirral Council will be providing vouchers for families who receive free school meals to cover the May half term holiday (25th-29th May). The council offered the same support during the Easter holidays earlier this year.

There is a risk that over half term, vulnerable children may go with out a sufficient meal each day. This £163,000 investment will ensure those children are safeguarded and protected. School holidays are not usually covered by the current free school meal scheme.

It is considered to be even more important for the council to make this commitment now that many families may have been affected financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and may be in greater need of support.

The free school meals scheme is an online voucher system which is administered directly by the school to families. The scheme ensures families can use the vouchers in local supermarkets which are open and adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Paul Boyce, Director for Children, Families and Education said: “The coronavirus pandemic has added extra pressure to families who may already be struggling financially and there are some children in our communities who face the prospect of going hungry if they are not at school.

“We are continuing our partnership with schools to support these children even when it is holiday time.”