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Council delighted with £1.5 million grant for holiday free school meals

Published Friday, 25th June 2021

Worcestershire County Council is delighted to receive a Government grant for £1.5 million to provide free school meals and activities and support families over the summer holidays.

This funding will enable Ready, Steady, Worcestershire to launch an exciting range of summer activities, with meals, for disadvantaged children across the county.

Ready, Steady, Worcestershire is a Council service which provides information about food, activities and support available to families and children during the school holidays. This help is available to families with children from nursery and primary ages, through to older children and teenagers.

In November 2020, the Government announced that the Holiday, Activities and Food (HAF) programme, which has provided healthy food and enriching activities to children since 2018, will be expanded across the whole of England this year to children in every local authority.

Councillor Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member for Education said: “I really welcome this funding from the Department of Education (DfE). It is a fantastic opportunity for schools and providers across the county to run exciting, enriching summer holiday activities, with healthy meals, making sure that all of Worcestershire’s children have a great summer”.

The booking system will be going live early next month, but to register your interest in a place for a child on this summer’s programme, please visit this link: Register interest summer activities with meals

Worcestershire County Council is providing welfare support services with Here2Help being on hand to help any resident who requires extra support.

Anyone in need of help can contact Here2Help via its webpage or telephone on 01905 768053.