SLOUGH children eligible for free school meals will be supported during the Easter holidays.

The council has announced they will be giving vouchers of £15, which are redeemable in large and small shops such as Asda, Tesco, McColl’s, etc, a week per child to help cover extra expenses of feeding children during the break.

Schools will give these out to students who receive free school meals or early year’s pupil premium and then can claim back the cost from the council.

Michael Jarrett, Associate Director, Children and Families, said: “Times are tough right now for families, with many people’s employment hit hard by Covid. This extra support for families has proved invaluable during the winter months and I’m so pleased to see it continued to cover the Easter break.

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“The easy to use vouchers are redeemable at so many places around Slough; it’s a really beneficial scheme for eligible families who see increased costs during the school holidays. The council is delighted it can help those most in need.”

As well as voucher support, free virtual holiday clubs will also run during the Easter break.

The council is organising a variety of sessions, including healthy food and activities, for children who receive benefits-related free school meals. Eligible children can choose to attend and there will also be paying spaces available for other children to join if they don’t qualify for a free place.

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The Department for Education has provided the grant funding to coordinate the free provision.

Find out more about holiday clubs at – search – Slough HAF Programme.