Kent County Council will provide food vouchers over the summer holidays to families whose children are entitled to benefit-linked free school meals.
A £50 food voucher, redeemable in supermarkets and some local shops, will be provided to each eligible child or young person by their school or college.
KCC funds the vouchers from part of its allocation from the government’s Household Support Fund.
KCC is also running its Free Holiday Food and Activity (HAF) scheme again for children eligible for free school meals during the summer holidays, which is funded by the Department of Education.
Each child is entitled to four weeks of free activities up to 4 p.m., with lunch provided.
Eligible families will receive a voucher from their school indicating their eligibility for a place and can then use it to reserve a place with a local provider.
HAF providers offer a range of activities, from cooking to fitness and sports clubs, and some focused on outdoor learning.
Shellina Prendergast, KCC Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “For many families, school holidays can be particularly difficult with the added cost of more meals and paying for more activities for their children while they are at home.
“I’m glad we can help ease the pressure on some of Kent’s most vulnerable families, especially at this difficult time, by continuing to provide this valuable support.”
Ms Prendergast urged all parents and guardians who believe their children may be eligible for benefit-linked free school meals, but have not yet applied, to visit the website – www.kent.gov. uk/freeschoolmeals – ASAP. possible so that no one misses this program.
Schools are issuing vouchers to eligible pupils starting this week, as they have done for previous holidays, so parents and guardians should direct any inquiries to their child’s school.