Nottinghamshire County Council to continue to fund free school meals for October half term and Christmas break
A council will continue to fund free school meals during the October half term and two-week Christmas break.
Nottinghamshire County Council said this means more than 25,000 school children will receive 250,000 meals this half term.
The £15-per-week vouchers will be distributed to those eligible by their schools.
Tracey Taylor, chairman of children and young people’s committee, said the council recognised the rising cost of living was impacting many people.
It follows the government’s announcement early this week to support those most in need with the £500m Household Support Fund.
Mrs Taylor: “This will be very welcome news to families across Nottinghamshire and it will be one less thing for them to worry about this winter.
“This council was one of the first in the country to support the free school meals initiative in March 2020 and I’m very pleased that we will continue to back it.
“The council’s budget is under huge pressures, and while this is not a long-term solution, government has made the funding available to support low-income families across Nottinghamshire this winter and that is good news for hundreds of families.”