Hampshire County Council to provide half term food support

HAMPSHIRE County Council has stepped in to ensure children don’t go hungry this half term.

By Neil Fatkin
Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 5:12 pm
Hampshire County Council leader, Councillor Keith Mans, has pledged to ensure no child goes hungry over half term.
Hampshire County Council leader, Councillor Keith Mans, has pledged to ensure no child goes hungry over half term.

The Council decided to intervene after the government announced it will not be continuing its food voucher holiday scheme for children entitled to free school meals.

Council leader, Keith Mans, said: ‘It’s obviously not possible to introduce a ‘voucher scheme’ ourselves for this half-term, but it’s my intention that Hampshire will provide the same level of support for the break that would have otherwise been provided through the previous voucher scheme.’

The council will fund a support package for food banks and local charities to ensure food reaches vulnerable families. Cllr Mans added: We are facing huge financial pressures as a result of the pandemic, not helped by the latest funding from government which was significantly lower than expected. Nonetheless, supporting vulnerable families during the school holidays is a priority.

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