Press Release from Buckinghamshire Council

14 February 2022

A Helping Hand at half term for families in Buckinghamshire

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Buckinghamshire Council is providing £30 digital food vouchers to families with children eligible for free school meals this February half term school holiday.

This scheme is funded from the Government’s Household Support Fund Grant – which was launched to enable households/families to receive additional support during the winter period up to 31 March 2022.
 
Anita Cranmer, Cabinet Member for Education and Children's Services, said:

“We know that this time of year can be a stretch on household finances and the rising fuel costs are adding to this challenge. To help with this, we are providing a £30 digital food voucher to each eligible child for use over the half term period so that families have more money to pay for other essential bills. The digital food vouchers can be redeemed at one or more of the following stores: Asda, Aldi, Farmfoods, M&S Food, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose.”

Steve Bowles, Cabinet Member for Communities, added:

“Our Helping Hand team is available to direct people to the support that is right for them. This may be from the voluntary or community sector or direct from ourselves. If anyone is worried about access to food, fuel or other essentials, and not sure what help is available, please contact our Helping Hand support line on 01296 531151 or through our online form and we will be able to help.”

Buckinghamshire has a strong voluntary and community sector which has been active in supporting families and households during the pandemic. As well as digital food vouchers, a wide range of groups are providing residents additional support and guidance. To find out what is available in your area, please enter your postcode into the Bucks Online Directory