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Luton Borough Council

Covid winter grant – food voucher scheme

 

​Under normal circumstances, schools do not provide free school meals (FSM) to eligible children who are not in school. But during the national lockdown, schools will continue to support children eligible for benefits-related FSM who are at home during term ti​me.​

The steps schools take during this national lockdown period will depend on local circumstances.

This could include:

  • providing food parcels through the council’s school catering team or food provider
  • providing vouchers for a local shop or supermarket
  • using the Department for Education’s national scheme to provide supermarket vouchers via an online portal

Free School Meals during Easter school holidays

The government has provided funding to councils to give vulnerable households peace of mind over the winter months during the pandemic. The funding will help families and their children to be well fed this winter.

We've issued schools with funding to provide parents of children who would usually receive a FSM with supermarket vouchers worth £30 per week to cover their meals over the Easter school holiday.​

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Meals vouchers will automatically be issued to eligible children who qualify for FSM.

Pupils in nursery school, reception and years 1 and 2 who receive FSM will not automatically be issued with meals vouchers for the school holidays unless:

  • they've made a successful application for FSM or Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)
  • they qualify under the low income criteria

If you believe that your child qualifies under the low income criteria for EYPP please read the information in the tabs below.

You'll receive a voucher for each child sent via text or email from each of your children’s school.

If your child is entitled to FSM or EYPP under the low income criteria, your school will automatically issue you with these vouchers either by email or by text message to your mobile phone.

The voucher will have a value of £15 per child for each week of the school holidays.

The following supermarkets will accept the vouchers:

  • Aldi
  • Asda
  • M&S
  • Mcoll’s
  • Morrisons
  • Waitrose
  • Tesco

The voucher should be used to purchase food to support your family.

You should use the voucher to purchase food in order to provide meals for your family during the holiday.

The voucher is provided for the purchase of food. It is important the voucher is used for this purpose so that you can provide meals for your family during the holiday.

Vouchers should not be spent on products such as alcohol, tobacco, mobile phone top ups, gift cards or lottery tickets.

Supermarkets can refuse to accept the vouchers for these items.

Please visit the HUGGG website for guidance on how to use your voucher, what to do if you have any problems and other frequently asked questions and answers.

Families with children in reception and years 1 and 2, who receive FSM will not automatically be issued with meals vouchers unless they've:

  • made a successful application for free school meals
  • qualify under the low income criteria

All eligible children will be sent their vouchers by their schools. If you do not receive a voucher, please contact your school.

If they confirm that is because you're not currently in receipt of FSM and you would like to check your eligibility, you should make a claim for FSM online as soon as possible.

If you wish to check your entitlement to free school meals or to make an application please visit: luton.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals

Families with children in nursery school who receive FSM will not automatically be issued with meals vouchers unless they've:

  • made a successful application for EYPP
  • qualify under the low income criteria

For further information on whether you qualify under the low income criteria and what to do next please visit: luton.gov.uk/eypp.

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