Free school meals support to continue over Easter

Children and young people eligible for free school meals will continue receiving support over the Easter holidays after funding was extended.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 9:00 am
Coun Guy Renner-Thompson.

Northumberland County Council has received a further £345,000 as part of the government’s Winter Support Grant Scheme ensuring those who are eligible for free school meals and families facing hardship during this time can get access to support.

Free school meal funding has also been bolstered by the council to increase the £15 per week allocation to a total of £45 for the two-week period per child.

Coun Guy Renner-Thompson, cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “It has been an extremely difficult year for families, children and young people.

“Our children’s health and wellbeing is a priority and by providing them with access to regular meals during the school break will be a welcome relief for many.

"It is important we continue to support them as much as we can.”

Parents and carers of eligible children are advised to contact their school directly to see what is in place for them.

Those families that are not eligible but feeling financial pressures can access further support through Northumberland Communities Together.

Northumberland Communities together have a number of initiatives to help support households facing hardship as a result of coronavirus.

Coun Veronica Jones, cabinet member for Northumberland Communities Together, said: “Whilst there continues to be a demand for support and assistance as a result of Covid-19, support will continue to be there.”

For more information or help contact the Northumberland Communities Together team on 01670 620015 between 9am to 6pm, seven days a week or email [email protected]