Free School Meals during school holidays: The Government has provided a COVID Winter Grant Scheme to support those most in need across England with the cost of food, energy and water bills and other associated costs. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will provide funding to the Council who will administer the scheme and provide direct assistance to vulnerable households and families with children particularly affected by the pandemic. This will include families who normally have access to benefit related Free School Meals during term time. Eligible families will be contacted by the Welfare and Benefits team of the Local Council to make arrangements for one payment to be made directly to them in December which will cover the school holidays over Christmas and February half term. There will be support from Easter through the Department for Education’s Holiday Activity and Food programme which will provide funding from Easter to Christmas 2021.
During these challenging times, we want to ensure that pupils eligible for free school meals can continue to access support if they are not in school. We now have access to the National Voucher scheme and have ordered voucher codes for all students on our system identified as eligible for free school meals. By Thursday 21st January you should receive an email directly from Edenred which contains a 16-digit eCode and a link to the redemption website: www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk. Please check your junk/spam mail. You only have one month to redeem the voucher from this site otherwise it expires so it is important you do this straightaway. Once you redeem your voucher from your chosen supermarket you will have a longer period of time in which to spend the voucher – this differs from store to store but you will be able to check the details when you visit the website above.
We have arranged a voucher code to cover the period 4th January to 12th February 2021 which is based on £15 per week. This amount will be doubled/tripled etc. if you have more than one child with us eligible for free school meals. However, if your child/ren have been attending school between 4th January and 15th January and have received a meal from us then the voucher has been deducted to reflect this.
Going forward you will be expected to provide a packed lunch for your child/ren if attending school as you have now been given the funds to do this. Alternatively, if you would still like us to provide the meal you will be required to put sufficient funds on parentpay by the end of this week so this meal can be deducted from your account from next week. If the voucher scheme continues beyond February half-term anyone who has received a meal during this week will have any future vouchers adjusted. Finally, if you have not received an email from Edenred by Friday 22nd January please email firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know so we can check the system and our records.