14th January 2021
Free School Meal Vouchers
As you may be aware the Government has re-introduced a voucher scheme for any parent/carer who has a child entitled to Free School Meals (due to benefit eligibility).
We have been able to provide packed lunches and food parcels so far in this lockdown, however from Monday 18th January 2021 we will be switching all eligible parents/carers over to vouchers. The scheme provides a £15 voucher per child, per week which can be used in any of the main supermarkets. We are awaiting confirmation on what day the voucher will be emailed out each week and will inform parents/carers as soon as we have this information.
This scheme will run up to the start of the half-term holiday and will be the same scheme, provided by Edenred, which was used in the first lockdown in March 2020. Vouchers will also be provided to cover the half-term holiday but this will be a slightly different scheme (Vouchers Express organised via Suffolk County Council). We will send out details nearer the time.
Each week parents/carers will receive an email (from Edenred) containing a 16-digit E-Code. The email will contain the instructions to download a shopping voucher using the code. If you are using the voucher in store, you can either show the cashier the details displayed on your mobile phone or provide a paper copy if you have access to a printer at home.
Please note if your child is currently attending school (as a child of a critical worker or as a vulnerable child) they will be provided with a lunch in school. Parents/Carers will only be provided with a voucher for the days they are NOT in school, so voucher amounts will be reduced accordingly (reduced by £3.00 per day they attend school).
Please note that the voucher should be sent to the parent who has responsibility for the care of the child. If this is not you, please provide us with alternative details.
If you have recently changed your email address or you have any queries, please email email@example.com and we will update our records and do all we can to help.
With best regards
Miss Sara McCullum
Senior Finance & Admin Officer