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North Yorkshire County Council receive £1.3m grant to extend food voucher scheme

Struggling North Yorkshire families may be eligible for food vouchers ahead of the summer holidays. North Yorkshire County Council has has received grant funding of more than £1.3million which it will allocate to schools and academies in early July. The 'Covid Local Support Grant' provides food voucher payments to parents and carers in receipt of free school meals, or other families impacted financially by the pandemic. And last week, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) announced it would be extending the grant scheme to cover the summer break. The funding is primarily for children in receipt of free school meals, to ensure they continue to have access to food while schools are closed. Schools will have discretion to provide some vouchers to other families they have identified as being unable to cover the cost of essentials. The vouchers amount to £75 to cover the length of the summer holiday. Cllr Patrick Mulligan said:

“We know the voucher scheme has helped families in North Yorkshire to balance out their budgets throughout the pandemic and ease the pressure on families when they are faced with increased food costs when children are not in school. “We are very grateful to schools, nurseries and childminders for their continued help in distributing the vouchers to families in need of this support.”
The Government scheme was first launched in time for the Christmas holidays to ease the pressure on families faced with increased food costs when children are not in school. A programme of healthy holiday activities will also be taking place in North Yorkshire over the summer break. Organisations offering sessions in everything from sports coaching, to creative and performing arts and cooking sessions have signed up to North Yorkshire’s FEAST holiday activities programme. North Yorkshire County Council has commissioned North Yorkshire Together, a partnership between Rural Arts, North Yorkshire Sport and North Yorkshire Youth to oversee the diverse programme. The holiday clubs will be available to all pupils in North Yorkshire, but will be free of charge to families eligible for free schools meals. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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