Free school meal vouchers will be available to Nottinghamshire families over Easter

Bulwell families will benefit as further grants to provide holiday activities and food to pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) over the Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays of 2021 have been secured.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 10:40 am
Updated Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 10:44 am

Nottingham City Council’s Covid Winter Grant Scheme has now been extended until after the Easter holidays which means supermarket vouchers will again be provided to every eligible child in Nottingham this Easter.

The vouchers will be £15 per child for each week of the holiday. These will be distributed through schools before pupils break up for the Easter holiday.

The council has also secured a further £1.8 million from the Government’s Holiday Activity Fund (HAF).

Free School Meal vouchers will be available this Easter (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Free School Meal vouchers will be available this Easter (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

This funding will be allocated, through a bidding process, to community groups, charities and schools with the ability to deliver Holiday Clubs in communities across the city. Some activities will also be trialled over the Easter break.

The HAF funding has been allocated from the Department for Education with certain criteria attached.

Coun David Mellen, portfolio holder for Sshools and leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “The new funding is obviously very welcome. It is good news that pupils in need of help will be able to benefit from supermarket vouchers again this Easter.

“After Easter we will be seeking clarity from the Government about the future of supermarket vouchers and the best way to support our Free School Meal pupils in the longer term.”