Further to the expanded city-wide 4 week holiday activity programme for children and young people this summer, Councillors have approved funding for Free School Meal Vouchers in the remaining 2 weeks. This will ensure that the city’s most vulnerable pupils will receive much-needed support through the summer holidays.
The Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) will run for the first 4 weeks of the summer term, providing healthy food and activities to children who are eligible for free school meals. The summer sessions will include a daily nutritious meal and schemes run by York City Football Club, York Theatre Royal, local charities and schools.
Utilising £100k of the final extension of the Local Covid Support Grant scheme, councillors have opted to provide Free School Meals in the remaining 2 weeks of the summer term, as the national free school meals programme only covers term time.
Further financial support will also be provided to families identified as in need using the Council Tax Support or those in need of help with food and bills.
Councillor Nigel Ayre, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Finance & Performance, commented:
“We’re continuing to step in to plug the gaps in national Government schemes, recognising that the pandemic is certainly not over and is still impacting on the most vulnerable across the city.
“The pandemic has exposed the financial vulnerability that too many families experience. Those significant challenges have had to be met with an unprecedented response as the impact of Covid-19 continues to be felt. This additional support to those families and children who need it the most will be welcomed, I am sure.”