FREE SCHOOL MEALS – VOUCHER SCHEME

Manchester City Council Voucher Scheme to be implemented for students eligible for Free School Meals form Monday 6th April.

 

Please read this letter from your Headteacher for how to apply.

Manchester City Council Voucher Letter 30.03.2020

 

I wish to take this opportunity to thank parents/carers for the kind responses that we have received following our mail out of over 500 Asda vouchers to those students who are eligible for free school meals. It is reassuring to know that the work the college is doing to alleviate additional pressures on families at this challenging time is being received so positively by parents/carers.

In the time since my letter dated 24th March 2020 the government has advised that they expect to have a new national scheme to support families eligible for Free School Meals up and running soon. Although it is unconfirmed, it appears that there is an intention to issue vouchers directly to families. However, this will not be operational for a few weeks yet.

As you are aware the College has provided families with a monetary voucher for students who are eligible for a free school meal to cover the period up to and including Friday 3rd April 2020.

For the time period from Monday 6th April until the introduction of the Government’s National Voucher Scheme, Manchester City Council have arranged their own voucher scheme that parents can now apply for. As a college we have signed up to this scheme as we feel it is the securest way of ensuring sustainable financial support for eligible families. The scheme will also provide money for Free School Meals throughout the Easter Holidays.

Manchester City Council have provided us with the information below that outlines the voucher scheme and how to apply.

Help with food costs while schools are closed

We want to ensure that all our children and young people have access to a lunchtime meal. We have the following arrangements in place to support families during this period:-

●  Free School Meal pupils – link to Council’s Voucher Scheme.

●  Hardship support to families

If your school is not providing support and you normally receive free school meals due to low income please make a claim for support. Wright Robinson College has informed the City council that all eligible students have been issued with a voucher from the college up until and inclusive of Friday 3rd April 2020. Families, can then claim for support following this date.

The contribution towards a lunchtime meal is £2.00 per day (£10 per week) for each school child or young person in the household.

Manchester City Council will be able to pay this money within a few days by the following methods;

●  A bank transfer into a nominated bank account

●  A secure text message that can be used to access cash from a range of Paypoint

outlets in the city

●  A voucher that can be printed and can then be exchanged for cash from a range of

Paypoint outlets in the city.

Parents can make an application, please submit a request via the Council’s welfare Provision Scheme.

MCC On-line Application FSM Voucher

To support to families facing hardship

As schools have closed and some families are facing additional financial challenges due to the Covid 19 virus, we want to provide support to families, who most need it.

We are providing a financial grant to parents and carers of the following groups of children and young people.

To qualify the family must be:

●  A Manchester resident or supported by our Homelessness Service; and

●  A family that has been hardest hit by the recent issues and may be waiting for

benefits to be assessed or have a gap in their income due to a family member being ‘laid off’ from work etc.

The contribution towards a lunchtime meal is £2.00 per day (£10 per week) for each school age child or young person in the household.

We will be able to pay this money within a few days by the following methods

●  A bank transfer into a nominated bank account

●  A secure text message that can be used to access cash from a range of Paypoint

outlets in the city

● A voucher that can be printed and can then be exchanged for cash from a range of Paypoint outlets in the city.

To make an application, families need to submit a request via the Council’s Welfare Provision Scheme

MCC Apply for cash grant if you are in financial crisis

Should any family experience difficulty in accessing the scheme please email the college at

meals4closure@wrightrobinson.co.uk

I appreciate that these are unprecedented times and I once again thank you for your continued support.

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