UK government to provide free meals to eligible children
A massive help for parents whose children normally get free school lunches
With schools in the UK all closed due to COVID-19, children who would be out the house all day at school are now at home. For the 1.3 million children who are entitled to free school meals, this means they are missing out on the lunch they would normally receive.
The government has announced that they are to provide vouchers to the value of £15 per week to parents of a child who would be getting a free school lunch, to cover the additional cost of providing lunch at home. In cases where schools are still staffed, parents can either collect a meal from the school or have it delivered to their home. Where the school is not staffed, the vouchers can be spent in selected stores so that parents can provide a lunch every day, while the kids are at home.
The vouchers are redeemable in most supermarkets, such as Asda, Tesco, and Morrisons, and some smaller shops too, both in store and online.
Following the announcement, the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, said, "I recognise that the unprecedented action this Government is taking to protect the country from coronavirus, including closing schools, is dramatically affecting the lives of many families."
He continued: "No child should go hungry as a result of the measures introduced to keep people at home, protect the NHS and save lives. That’s why we are launching this scheme to make sure children who usually benefit from free school meals still have access to healthy and nutritious meals while they are not attending school."