Opportunities

Free School Meal vouchers for eligible local families over half term

Families eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) will receive £15 worth of vouchers over the week-long October school half term to help with the rising cost of living.

The vouchers- which can be used in a wide range of supermarkets including ASDA, Tesco, Aldi and Morrisons and Sainsburys – will be sent to families by email from their schools.

FSM vouchers have been provided to support low-income families in Bristol every holiday period since October 2020. This latest offer of support is part of a wider package of help paid for by the UK Government’s £4m Household Support Fund grant.

Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for City Economy, Finance and Performance, Councillor Craig Cheney, said: “We know that families are struggling with the rising cost of living and that the school holidays can be very difficult for our most vulnerable families, which is why we want to ensure that those families who rely on free school meals during term time can still access this support over the school holiday period…”

If you think you may be eligible for free school meals find out more here: Free school meals and the pupil premium (bristol.gov.uk) Anyone who does not receive their voucher despite being eligible should contact their school directly.

Bristol City Council also runs the free Your Holiday Hub (YHH) school holiday food and activity programme over the main school holidays of Easter, summer and Christmas, providing eligible children and young people with fun, enriching activities, food education and a nutritious meal with every session.

YHH will be running sessions over the Christmas school holiday, find out more here: Your Holiday Hub Bristol – Your Holiday Hub Bristol

There is no application process for the Household Support Fund and the council will contact you directly if you’re eligible. Those who are not eligible and need financial support or advice should visit the council’s ‘Benefits and financial help’ webpage.

Full details on the Household Support Fund can be found on the Bristol City Council website.