Wiltshire Council announced today, Monday October 26, that they too will join the many local organisations and businesses who had stepped in to feed vulnerable children this half-term.
Cllr Laura Mayes, Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Skills, said: “We know that many families are feeling the financial pressure during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we want to do all we can to support them.
We want to ensure that children do not go hungry during these school holidays and want to ensure that Wiltshire families know that they will be supported during these difficult times by putting these measures in place.
Therefore, the council will be funding free meals during the October half term. This will be reviewed throughout the pandemic and we will continue to make sure that any child and family who needs help gets it.
As we have done throughout, we will continue to work with our partners in the community and voluntary sector to make sure the needs of our residents are met at this unprecedented time.
The work of our community groups has been, and continues to be, amazing and I must thank them for their tremendous support throughout the pandemic.
If you are entitled to free school meals or universal credit and struggling to pay for food over half term, please contact the Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub for support.
For more information on how to claim, please contact the Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 003 4576. The team is available Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm.