THOUSANDS of children across Herefordshire will continue to receive free school meals support during the May half-term holidays. Primary and secondary school pupils, who are entitled to benefits related free school meals will receive a free food voucher up to the value of £15, or equivalent, directly through their schools, to cover the cost of a lunchtime meal during half-term. Children who are eligible for the early year's pupil premium and are not in a school setting, will receive a voucher posted direct from the council.

Councillor Ivan Powell, cabinet member for children and young people, said that across the county some 4,700 children would benefit from the scheme and added: “I’m really pleased that the benefits grant has enabled the council to continue to provide the free school meals support for local families for May half-term.

“The rise in the cost of living is proving very tough for many people, so this additional support is important for families with children.

“Primary and secondary schools will be contacting parents and carers before holidays to let them know that they are entitled to the free school meal vouchers, and how to receive them.

“Please contact your child’s school directly if you have an eligible child and haven’t heard from them, or if you think you might qualify. You can check your eligibility and apply through the free school meal page on the council’s website.”