Free school meal vouchers for thousands of Tameside children this half-term

Children on free school meals in Tameside will again receive supermarket vouchers to ensure they won't go hungry during the half-term holiday. 

Tameside Council say eligible children have received vouchers worth £15 per week that have been distributed through schools. 

More than 9,000 children are eligible for income-based free school meals across the borough.

The supermarket food vouchers are available for children aged four and over who attend schools in the borough and are eligible for income-based free school meals.

Government funding has provided the vouchers for one week when both secondary and primary schools are off, while the council has covered primary schools being off for two weeks. 

Cllr Leanne Feeley, Executive Member for Lifelong Learning, said: “We do not want any of our children to go hungry during the summer half-term holiday so we have stepped in to fund supermarket vouchers for eligible pupils to ensure they have food available throughout the fortnight.

“We will do everything we can to protect the borough’s most vulnerable and this is just part of the support and aid we have given throughout the pandemic to help thousands of families across Tameside facing unprecedented challenges.”

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