Government commitment to continue vital £15 supermarket vouchers through Easter holidays
With schools closed, young people from low-income families who got free school meals were missing out on lunch. So the Government set up a £15 weekly voucher scheme to support them. It doesn’t sound like much but it helps a lot if you have very little.
The plan was for the scheme to be switched off before it had really started, because the Government said it wouldn't carry on during the holidays, leaving low-income families short of cash to buy food for their kids.
However, last night Michael Gove announced that the government had changed its mind, making the vouchers available to over a million kids at Easter. We applaud this decision, which will mean that the families that need it most will get a little extra help to put good food on the table.
Christina, Dev and The Bite Back 2030 Youth Board
5th April 2020
Bite Back 2030 Founder, Chef & Campaigner, Jamie Oliver
Statement from Jamie Oliver - Bite Back 2030 Founder, Chef & Campaigner:
"It’s been amazing to see so many people, charities, school leaders, businesses and the Government work together this week to make sure that no child goes hungry. This provision is urgently needed for the 1.3 million children who would normally benefit from a school meal.
But there are so many more who are falling below the poverty line because of this crisis. We have an opportunity now to rethink what we care about, what we stand for, and how we support the most vulnerable in our society. I hope that this will be the first brick in building a system that makes sure all children have access to nutritious food all year round."