All children in Hull schools currently receiving free school meals will be given a £10 voucher when they return after the half term break, to assist in reimbursing costs of food over the half term week.
Councillor Peter Clark, Portfolio Holder for learning, skills and safeguarding children said: “Whilst we would have liked to have arranged this ahead of half-term, with Parliament only voting on Wednesday not to extend free school meal provision over holiday periods, the Council has had to very quickly assess how best to help struggling families at this time.
“It is not possible logistically for us to provide vouchers to all 11,000 eligible families ahead of half-term, this is the most effective way of ensuring that all children who need it get the necessary support, and we will consult with our schools about distribution.”
Families that may be entitled to free school meals are encouraged to apply. Parents can find out more and apply online here or through their child’s school.