Following the representations to Government from many people, myself included, I am sure you will join me in welcoming the latest announcement on free school meals over the Summer period.
The PM welcomes Marcus Rashford’s contribution to the debate around poverty.
Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, we fully understand that children and parents face an entirely unprecedented situation over the summer.
To reflect this, we will be providing a Covid Summer Food Fund.
This will provide food vouchers covering the six-week holiday period.
Full details will be set out shortly, but this is a specific measure to reflect the unique circumstances of the pandemic.
The scheme will not continue beyond the summer, and those eligible will be those who already qualify for free school meals.
As the PM has said, it is our intention to get all pupils back into school in September.
Payment will be through vouchers, using the scheme already in place.
A one-off six-week voucher will be given to eligible families at the end of term to use in supermarkets.
Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP
Member of Parliament for Chesham and Amersham
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