Councils in England can use the Government Household Support Grant to provide food vouchers during half-term to families entitled to benefits-related free school meals. The councils can use the Government's Household Support Grant to provide GBP15 food vouchers during half-term to families entitled to benefits. Most, but not every council, are providing free meal support over the half term.
West Berkshire council is among those who will not supply food to eligible schoolchildren. How to claim While some councils are providing cash payments, others are providing supermarket vouchers worth GBP15-20 per schoolchild.
It's worth checking out your local authority's website, or getting in touch with your school if they haven't already provided information on whether your child is eligible, and how to claim the vouchers or cash.
Half term free school meals support, listed by areas with the most need Blackpool: Lancashire County Council has got in touch with schools in the city to support eligible pupils with a GBP15 voucher to cover the one-week holiday. The families of children and young people from reception to Year 11 will receive the vouchers.
Thanet: Children across Kent County Council will be entitled to benefits-related Free School Meals this October half-term. Each eligible child or young person will receive one GBP15 food voucher to be used in supermarkets and local shops. Schools will provide the vouchers.
Tendring: Essex County Council will paying for meal vouchers during the October half term. The vouchers are for children and young people aged 5 to 19 who are registered for free meals with their school or college. Coventry: Those eligible and registered children will automatically receive support towards food costs over the October half term via Huggg supermarket vouchers via Warwickshire County Council.
Waveney: Food vouchers will be offered to families whose children are eligible for free school meals this October half-term holiday. The vouchers, which are worth GBP15 per child per week, will be provided for families whose children would normally get free school meals during term time, which can be ordered by schools on behalf of families. Kingston upon Hull: School children who live in Hull and are currently receiving free school meals will be given a GBP15 voucher for this October half term.
Around 12,500 families currently receive free school meals in Hull and these families will be sent a text or an email asking them to choose the supermarket of their choice, vouchers for their chosen supermarket will then be sent directly to the family. North East Lincolnshire: There has been no public confirmation Lincolnshire County Council will provide free school meals this half term. Burnley: Schools in the Lancashire town will provide food vouchers worth GBP15 use to buy food at a range of supermarkets, including Aldi, Asda, McColl's, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose, Company Shop Group and Iceland, including The Food Warehouse Stores.
Mansfield: Nottinghamshire County Council has announced it will continue to fund Free School Meals in the October half-term. The GBP15-per-week vouchers will be distributed to those eligible by their schools. Blackburn with Darwen: Families will be provided with free school meal vouchers to use in the markets over half term.
All children in Blackburn with Darwen who are eligible for free school meals will receive the vouchers throughout half term which families can use to shop in Blackburn or Darwen markets. Schools will provide the vouchers. Great Yarmouth: Norfolk County Council received additional Household Support Funding from the Government.
It will provide vouchers worth GBP15 per child via their school, or families can redeem vouchers either via online or printed voucher by post, collection or delivery if they don't have internet access.
Some extra help Some schools, charities and businesses across England are providing additional meals for those in need. In Knowsley, Merseyside, charity One Knowsley will be providing 3,000 hot and cold meals in partnership with the Merseyside council.
More details will be announced on Knowsley Council's website. School Food Matters will provide more than 500 breakfast boxes to school children at five institutions in the London borough of Newham. Pupils at Brampton Manor Academy, Rosetta Primary School, Cumberland Community School, and Upton Cross Primary School - which has two locations - are eligible.
Preston North End Community and Education Trust will provide a free meal service in October half-term with the aim of supporting children who are eligible for free school meals. Lunches will be available for collection on a first come, first served basis from the community offices at Deepdale, Preston located at the back of the Alan Kelly Town End on Alan Kelly Walk, between the hours of 12 noon and 1.30pm from Monday 25th October to Friday 29th October. The packages will contain a sandwich, crisps, a piece of fruit and a bottle of water, meals can be collected without any prior contact or registration.
In London food retailer Tossed, children can ask for a free wrap and juice this half-term. Parents can speak to a manager to order a wrap for their child with a filling of their choice, and a juice or a fresh smoothie outside of the hours 12-2pm. Fitzrovia vegan burger restaurant, Flower Burger, will provide a free burger and side for pupils up to 12 years old any time from 12pm.
For parents looking to keep their kids busy next week, several councils are also offering free activity clubs for pupils eligible for free school meals.
In Essex, parents can click on Essex Activate's website to find out what clubs are available.