Food vouchers and support during the holidays
We currently provide food vouchers, free holiday activities and other support for eligible families during the school holidays.
Digital food vouchers
If your children receive free school meals or early years support then you are eligible for digital food vouchers during the 2021 summer holidays.
Food vouchers were sent out ahead of the summer holidays via schools and early years providers. You can use them at the supermarkets listed below and they can be split between different stores if needed.
- Marks and Spencer Food
Please contact your child's school or early years provider to:
- apply for pupil premium or early years pupil premium
- find out if your family is eligible for free school meals
Digital food vouchers are part of our Helping Hand initiative, supported by funding from the government COVID-19 Local Support Grant.
Free holiday activities
Free holiday activities and daily hot meals are available for children during the 2021 summer and Christmas holidays.
Your children can take part in various creative and physical activities including:
- adventure activities
- life skills
- music production
These local holiday clubs will also provide one healthy hot meal each day.
Children must be aged 5 to 16 years and eligible for free school meals to take part.
The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme is funded by the Department for Education.
If you need help getting access to food or other essentials, contact our Helping Hand support line on 01296 531151 or use the online contact us form.
Our phone lines are open:
- Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5:30pm
- Friday, 9am to 5pm
In an emergency our out-of-hours team can be contacted on 0800 999 7677.