Food help for children during the holidays

Sadly, we are only too aware that the cost-of-living crisis will have an enormous impact on families in the Northeast.

Food insecurity is a real issue and having the children home from school will inevitably make the food bills rise. Did you know that thousands of children are entitled to free lunches out of term time?  In the Northeast, the Big Food appeal has all the information available, as does the Scottish government website.

Eligible school-aged children and teenagers will receive meal payments of around £12.50 per week. Those who are accessing support for the first time or may have found their circumstances have recently changed can apply online for these holiday payments. Applications are still open for all councils, with each council providing payments or vouchers at different times, (weekly or fortnightly), paid straight to families with the vouchers being able to spend at most supermarkets.

The local papers and Original 106 have launched the Big Food Appeal highlighting where families can get food around the Northeast. The Trussell Trust runs several food banks in the area as do Cfine.