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Council welcomes free school meal holiday funding

Swansea Council will provide parents and carers with free school meal support during the half-term, Christmas and Easter school holidays.

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The council has welcomed an announcement by the Welsh Government that it is guaranteeing funding for free school meal provision for all school holidays up to and including Easter 2021.

While schools were closed during lockdown and throughout the summer holidays eligible parents and carers in Swansea were offered the choice of having direct payments made to their bank accounts, receiving weekly food bags or not taking part in the scheme should they wish.

Swansea Council also extended this provision to cover the first two weeks of the autumn term until the compulsory return to school on September 14 when school canteens reopened.

The choice families made then will determine how they are supported during the October half term.

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "We welcome the Welsh Government's announcement of this additional funding that will help ensure children in Swansea do not miss out on meals or go hungry during the school holidays.

"In these difficult and uncertain times it will be one less thing for families to worry about - especially with so many facing financial challenges due to the pandemic.

"Arrangements are being made so that those who chose food parcels will receive them during half term and those that opted for direct transfer will have the money to buy food paid into their bank accounts at the earliest opportunity."

Throughout the pandemic Swansea Council has worked to ensure that families who qualify for free school meals do not miss out when their children have not been in school.

This has included arrangements so that children entitled to free school meals receive a lunch if they've been asked to self-isolate because they have had the virus or had been in contact with someone who did.

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