Havering Council to provide school meals funding support for May half term.

Havering Council will continue to fund the School Meal Holiday Scheme for those most in need during the May half term. The scheme is a way of providing funds to ensure that eligible families can purchase food over the holidays to replace the meals a child would have received during a school day.

From Monday 17 May, eligible families will be able to apply to receive £15 per child to support with meals to cover the May school break.

The borough will run the scheme with the application window for new claims closing at 5pm on Monday 24 May.

Families who received a payment through the School Meal Holiday Scheme previously do not need to reapply and will automatically receive the funds into their nominated bank account by Thursday 20 May.

Eligible families who make a new application for May and have not received payment via the School Meal Holiday Scheme in the past, are expected to receive payments by Tuesday 1 June.

Councillor Damian White, Leader of Havering Council, said:

“Funding school meals once again over the May half term school break shows the ongoing support we have put in place for vulnerable households, and especially those with children, to help them get through these difficult months.

“Whether it be support with meals during the school holidays, help with heating homes or assistance getting food and medicines, I am proud that the Council continues to go above and beyond to help our most vulnerable families through this crisis.”

For more information about the scheme and for details on the eligibility criteria, visit https://www.havering.gov.uk/covid19mealsupport. The application form will be located on this page from 9am on Monday 17 May.

The Council also offers support for those who do not qualify for School Meal Holiday Scheme but still need help. See our coronavirus webpage for details of the support.

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