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Free school meal vouchers offered over the summer holidays

12 July 2021

Richmond Council will once again be able to help families entitled to free school meals, and those in hardship, with vouchers to cover the summer holidays.

Since October 2020, Richmond Council has continued to fund school holiday food support packages for vulnerable children, meaning that children from the borough’s lowest income families don’t go hungry over the school break. 3,800 children have received vouchers in the school holidays, and this support will continue throughout the summer.

The Council has received an additional £317,042 in Government funding to support vulnerable families affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to school holiday vouchers, grants will be awarded to local voluntary organisations to support residents struggling to afford food and other essentials.

Families who require additional assistance, can apply for funding from one of our local partners: 

Richmond Aid 

Telephone: 020 8831 6070 
Richmond Aid website

Citizens Advice Richmond 

Telephone: 080 82 78 78 73
Citizens Advice Richmond website

Cllr Penny Frost, Chair of the Education and Children’s Services Committee at Richmond Council, said:

"The last 15 months have been really challenging for low income families, so I’m delighted that we are able to take some of the worry away from them by being able to provide vouchers to help cover the cost of feeding their children.

"While this is fantastic news for vulnerable families in hardship, we understand that the school holidays can be difficult for families on lower incomes. Therefore, I would remind  those who need further support, they can apply for additional funding or help from one of our local partner organisations through our Coronavirus Winter Support Fund."

More information regarding free school meals.

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Updated: 12 July 2021