Cabinet Member for Education Councillor Suzy Horton provides an update on free school meals provision in the city during the Coronavirus crisis.
Today ALDI has joined the government’s voucher scheme and it looks like other Supermarkets will follow. This is for people who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals.
Portsmouth schools are providing free school meals in a variety of ways. Some are using the government's food voucher scheme, others are providing food parcels or a daily 'grab and go' meal.
Parents and carers whose children are eligible but who are not receiving free school meals should contact their child's school to arrange access.
Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr Suzy Horton speaking on radio Solent earlier today, said
‘I would like to thank all the Portsmouth schools, suppliers and staff who have worked so hard to keep the free school meals service running even when schools are closed to the majority of children. I would urge all parents and carers of eligible children to contact their school if they are not receiving the meals they are entitled to.
As we know, good nutrition plays a very important role in supporting children's mental and physical health, especially during these very unusual times. And it looks like children (and parents!) are still working very hard!’
Any parent or carer whose situation has changed who believes their child might now be eligible for free school meals please contact the school in the first instance. Further information can be found in the Portsmouth City Council Coronavirus website in the section on Schools and Families,
and on the UK government website.