Thousands of children will receive free school meal vouchers during the half-term holiday as part of a scheme from Tameside Council.
Executive Council Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington has announced that no child on free school meals would go hungry over the half term break.
A scheme whereby families on income based free school meals will be eligible for a £15 supermarket food voucher will be available early this week. In the meantime, families are asked not to contact schools about the vouchers as they will not be involved in the process.
Cllr Leanne Feeley, Executive Member for Lifelong Learning, said: “Thousands of families in Tameside are facing unprecedented challenges at the moment and we want to do everything we can to support them.
“We do not want any of our children to go hungry this half term holiday, and following the government's decision on Wednesday not to fund free school meals throughout that period we were keen to step in.
“I’m aware many local businesses in Tameside have also offered their support to struggling families to provide free meals to children and I applaud their community spirit. It makes me very proud of Tameside – we are a community with a warm and generous heart.
“In return it would be lovely if everyone could be mindful of continuing to support local businesses so we can help each other keep going through these difficult times.”
The supermarket food vouchers for £15 per child per week will be available for children aged four and upward who attend schools in the borough and are eligible for income based free school meals.
Around 9,000 children are eligible for income based free school meals across Tameside.
Further details of the scheme and how to apply will follow on the Tameside Council website at www.tameside.gov.uk. In the meantime, any family who needs immediate emergency support should contact the council’s Early Help team on 0161 342 4260.
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