I thought it would be useful to provide a bit of an update on the provision of the free school meals in Surrey over half term.
This half term, Surrey County Council will continue to ensure all 18,000 children in the county eligible for Free School Meals are supported.
This is using money provided by the government as part of £170m COVID Winter Support Grant announced in November 2020. The Winter Support Grant has so far supported 26,661 households in Surrey since it was announced.
Food vouchers worth £15 per child were sent to parents and young people by email or text by Friday 12 February. Printed vouchers are being provided to parents who cannot access them online.
These vouchers can be only be exchanged for food and can be used in most supermarkets and the McColl’s chain of local shops.
The national free school meals programme only covers term time.
Wonde, a national provider of free school meal vouchers, will send the vouchers direct and ease the burden on schools that are already busy coping with the impacts of covid-19.
Parents or young people who have received vouchers or who have questions can find out more on the School Vouchers support website.
I hope that is useful. If you have any questions, do please let me know on Nikki.Barton@surreycc.gov.uk