Council to provide school meal vouchers for upcoming half-term holiday

Bath & North East Somerset Council has said it will once again provide supermarket vouchers for those eligible for free school meals to cover the upcoming half-term school holiday.

From Friday 21st May, eligible families who received vouchers from the council’s free school meals scheme during the Easter holidays will automatically receive an email.

Once they confirm they would like a £20 voucher per child, a further email will be sent containing the supermarket voucher codes.

New applications from families who haven’t claimed the vouchers before can also be made online from 21st May.

Families who have previously received vouchers should not reapply as it could cause a delay in them receiving their vouchers.

Councillor Dine Romero, cabinet member for Children and Young People, Communities and Culture, said: “Although we are out of lockdown and restrictions are being lifted many families are still having to cope with financial pressures caused by the pandemic.

“It’s important to support them at a time when they might otherwise struggle to put food on the table.”

During the Easter holidays, the council issued 3,989 vouchers to families across B&NES.

The electronic vouchers can be spent in a range of supermarkets and are available to the families of pupils entitled to benefit-related free school meals, as well as parents who receive free childcare for two-year-olds.

Bath Echo