County council pledges free meals during holidays
By Rob Freeman | 27th October 2020
Any child in the county entitled to a free school meal during half term will be helped - and the package will extend over the Christmas school holiday.
The pledge comes from Gloucestershire County Council with Stroud District Council also working with community group to ensure children are fed.
The county council said a food voucher code, which can be used at local shops and supermarkets, will be made available by calling 0142 328518 or 01452 426818 during office hours and giving each child's name.
Council leader Councillor Mark Hawthorne said: "We have been working hard for months now to make sure no child goes hungry and this support and commitment will continue today, tomorrow and over the Christmas period.
"A nutritious meal every day is the very least every child should have.
"Our commitment is clear, no child in Gloucestershire needs to go hungry."
He continued: "There is a range of schemes in place and I would urge all those that need support to take advantage of what is available.
"We all need help and support at some point in our lives - that's what we're here for."
Around 1,500 children in the Stroud district are eligible for free school meals and the council is working with community groups having distributed more than £53,000 via its Community Resilience Fund.
Council leader Councillor Doina Cornell said: "Covid has hit some families much harder than others, through no fault of their own.
"Making sure local kids have a decent meal can make all the difference to young lives.
"It is heartwarming to see how our community has stepped up to help those who need it most."
Details of community groups helping feed children during half term are available at stroud.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals
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