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Council confirm plans for Free School Meal vouchers

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Council confirm plans for Free School Meal vouchers

Posted on 10 Jul 2020

North Ayrshire Council has this week started issuing holiday school meal supermarket vouchers to those eligible for free school meals.

The vouchers are being emailed out to those with a registered email address and posted to everyone else and should start arriving through letterboxes from today (Friday 10 July).   

Valued at £20 per week for each child - £4 per day - these can be used as soon as you receive them and will cover this week and next.

The next set of vouchers will then be issued w/c Monday 20 July and will cover the following fortnight.

There will be separate vouchers for each child, and you don’t need to spend the whole amount you have received at the same time. They cannot be used for age-restricted products such as tobacco and alcohol.

Only those registered for free school meals will receive the vouchers. They do not cover universal entitlement to p1 - p3. 

The voucher system is being introduced as an alternative to the ‘Wrap, Run and Fun’ holiday clubs which are not able to run due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Councillor Joe Cullinane, Leader of North Ayrshire Council, said: “We take the issue of holiday hunger extremely seriously and have proved that over a number of years now.

“We are obviously disappointed that we are not able to carry out our normal ‘Wrap, Run and Fun’ service but hope the voucher scheme will provide young people with nutritious food over the summer.

“It has worked really well on our islands over the last few months and we hope it will have a similar impact on the mainland.”

If you think you are eligible for free school meals and have not yet applied, please click here.