Parents and carers who want their children to have free school meals over the summer holiday have been warned they have just days to register for the scheme.
In a U-turn the Government announced that free meals for children in England would continue over the summer holidays – and parents have to register to qualify.
Wales already had a scheme up and running for the summer holidays.
There is now just a week left to sign up to ensure children can get free food over the break, reports the Mirror.
With most schools closing for six weeks in the week of July 20, parents have just a week left to apply for the full £90 benefit.
Through the free school meals Covid Summer Food Fund, around 1.3mllion children will qualify for a £90 voucher to cover the six-week break.
This is equivalent to £15 a week, the Depratment for Education said.
If your child’s summer holiday lasts seven full weeks (instead of six), schools will be able to increase the voucher to £105.
Once parents or carers have received the voucher, they will be able to redeem it at any major UK supermarket – though Lidl and the Co-op are not on the scheme.
This will be in the form of an electronic gift card – anyone unable to do this will be able to pick up a hard copy from their child’s school.
The DfE said if you live in an area where your local supermarket is not supporting the scheme, you should get in touch with your school for alternative arrangements.
Is it too late to apply and who qualifies for free school meals?
Any child currently in receipt of free school meals will be eligible for the Covid Summer Food Fund. Universal Credit is one of the main qualifying terms – so if you have a child of school age, it’s worth checking if you can claim the support.
Where will I be able to spend the vouchers?
Through Edenred, you can access eGift cards for:
How can I spend them?
Once families have received their voucher, they will be able to redeem them in store by either: