More to get free meals over summer as Wychavon funds vouchers - The Evesham Observer
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15th Aug, 2022

More to get free meals over summer as Wychavon funds vouchers

Rob George 23rd Jul, 2022

FREE lunches will be provided to up to 2,300 children including those in Evesham and Pershore for the majority of the school summer holidays, the district council has revealed.

Civic Centre bosses will pay for free lunches for just over four weeks from the start of August for children who would normally receive free meals in term-time at a cost of £170,000

Vouchers are already being provided for the first two weeks of the summer holidays by Worcestershire Children First.

Children will receive vouchers worth £15 per week which can be redeemed at supermarkets for food and drink to ensure they continue to put food on the table.

Details of how to download the vouchers will be provided to the children’s parents before the end of term.

Pupils at all Wychavon schools stand to benefit from the vouchers, which will provide a vital boost to many families struggling with the rising cost of living.

After discovering that schools would only be receiving support for two weeks of the holidays, Wychavon acted to commit up to £170,000 of funding to pay for the remaining four weeks of vouchers.

During the summer holidays, additional support with food, finance, activities and more can also be accessed through Here2Help and the Ready Steady Worcestershire scheme.

Coun Chris Day, executive board member for Housing, Health and Wellbeing on Wychavon District Council, said: “It is so important every child has a healthy and nutritious meal every day and we are so pleased we can provide the additional funding to make sure no one goes without during the holidays”

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