Supermarket Vouchers for Hard-Pressed Families
Families in South Tyneside whose children receive free school meals are to be given a voucher to help them feed their children over the forthcoming half-term holiday.
Thousands of families will receive a supermarket voucher worth £15 per eligible child for the one-week break.
Funded by the government's Household Support Grant, the money is aimed at supporting the most vulnerable families.
By targeting support directly at some of the families hardest hit by the cost-of-living crisis, the Council hopes to make things fairer.
Councillor Adam Ellison, Lead Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: "We know many people are struggling at the moment with rising food prices and soaring energy bills. However, it is vital that our children and young people don not suffer as a result of this.
"School holidays can often bring additional pressures for families so we hope these vouchers will bring some relief."
Any families who need additional help with food are reminded that they can access food from food banks. To find out more visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/35030/Food-banks
A dedicated web page has been created to offer cost of living support. To find out more visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/costofliving