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Enfield Council extends free school meals scheme over October half term

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23 October 2020

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Enfield Council is working with schools in the borough to ensure no child goes hungry over the October half term.

Enfield Council is working with schools in the borough to ensure no child goes hungry over the October half term.

The parents of children who receive free school meals will be offered food vouchers through their schools to ensure their children do not go hungry during the half term break.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Service, Cllr Rick Jewell, said: “Despite the government voting against extending free school meals to disadvantaged children, we at Enfield Council are determined to make sure that no child goes hungry during this half term or any other school holiday.  

"Working with our schools and expanding our food voucher scheme, we will make sure help gets to those who need it.

"Our Poverty & Inequality Commission has highlighted one in three children in Enfield lives in poverty which affects every aspect of their life including their health, sustenance and well-being.  

“And now, the impact of COVID-19 has pushed families into even greater financial hardship which means more than ever, we must ensure children do not go hungry and that we help those families struggling through the pandemic.

"Enfield Council supports the great campaigning work by footballer Marcus Rashford on this issue and calls on the Government to change its mind and to help our most vulnerable children."