Half-term school holiday meals for Havering’s most vulnerable families

Havering’s most vulnerable families will once again benefit from funding for meals during the half-term break.

Applications for Havering’s School Holiday Meal Scheme will open on Monday, January 31 ahead of the half term holiday starting on Monday, February 14.

Funding from the scheme will allow eligible families on a low income to buy food to replace the meals their child would have received during the school day.

The money is part of a continued wider package of support provided through the Government’s Household Support Fund, which has already invested more than £712,000 locally.

The package has provided more than £3.6 million for local people as part of the Havering Helps scheme.

New applicants can apply to the scheme from 9am on Monday, January 31 until 5pm on Friday, February 4. Parents and carers will need to check they are eligible and apply via the School Holiday Meal Scheme Support page.

Anyone who has already registered and is eligible will automatically receive the funding into their chosen bank account during the week of February 14.

New claims will also be paid during that week.

Councillor Damian White, leader of Havering Council, said: “We’re pleased to be able to continue to support the borough’s most vulnerable families through the School Holiday Meal Scheme. It will ensure that every eligible child will have a meal during the half-term break.

“It is one of the many packages still available to our community as we continue to recover from the effects of the pandemic.”

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Mick Ferris

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