Local children entitled to free school meals to receive weekly supermarket voucher

    A Government scheme has today (31/3) been launched meaning that children entitled to free school meals can benefit from weekly supermarket vouchers.

    Schools can now provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus.

    Schools can continue to provide meals for collection or delivery themselves, but where this is not possible, the scheme will allow schools to provide vouchers to families electronically, or as a gift card for those without internet access.

    The vouchers can be spent on food at a range of shops including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose, and M&S, with the Department for Education working to get more shops to join the scheme as soon as possible.

    Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary, said: "I recognise that the unprecedented action this Government is taking to protect the country from coronavirus, including closing schools, is dramatically affecting the lives of many families.

    "I want to thank schools for the support they are continuing to provide to families during such uncertain times.

    "No child should go hungry as a result of the measures introduced to keep people at home, protect the NHS and save lives. That’s why we are launching this scheme to make sure children who usually benefit from free school meals still have access to healthy and nutritious meals while they are not attending school."

    Parents will receive the voucher through their child’s school, which can then be redeemed online via a code, or sent to their house as a gift card and used at supermarkets across the country.

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