Friday 23 October 2020

Council to provide half-term food vouchers for 10,000 Brent children

 From Brent Council website today

Parents of children eligible for Free School Meals will be able to collect a £15 food voucher from Brent Council to help children get a meal every day next week.

The council is looking to provide food for at least 10,000 children in the borough and the support is set to cost around £150,000.

Parents are being contacted through their child’s school with more information about where they can collect their voucher.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council said: 

It was deeply depressing to see the Government vote against free school meals for kids who desperately need them earlier in the week.

Brent Council fully supports the campaign by footballer Marcus Rashford MBE to end child food poverty and we hope that the Government will look to change their mind so that we support all children who need our help and support in these most challenging times.

Editor's note

The information arrived at schools just before they broke up for the half-term holiday but  office and other staff moved quickly to inform eligible parents of the arrangements for picking up the vouchers. 

The vouchers can be picked up on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday next week from either Willesden Green Library or Brent Civic Centre depending on the location of the school.  If families are suffering food hardship on Monday or Tuesday, Brent Council can assist with a Food Bank referral. Parents can contact Brent council on 0208 937 1234 for a temporary urgent food bank referral.


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