Food Poverty - holiday support

Food Poverty is high on the political agenda due to the Governments decision not to fund free school meals over the October half term. Waltham Forest Council are working with community organisations to support vulnerable families over the October half term and are currently working to ensure that sufficient plans are in place to support vulnerable families access food over the two week holiday period at Christmas.

In the meantime, schools are requested to ensure that the following information is shared with their school community prior to each holiday period and ensure that it is permanently held on their school websites in an area of prominence:

Support with accessing food over school holiday periods

If your child is eligible for free school meals and/or you are worried about having enough food this holiday period, please speak to [insert name] so that we can support you. The school will work with you to ensure that all support is discretely provided. Our normal support for families in this situation includes [food vouchers/weekly food parcel/referral to the local foodbank]. 

We know that sometimes families are faced with unexpected difficulties during the school holiday, or when the school is closed. During these times families can contact the school on [email/phone number] and we will get back to you within 48 hours. Alternatively, you can find information on getting support with food and financial problems on the Waltham Forest Council website.

Whilst we know that schools have, and continue to, provide a huge amount of support in this area to pupils and their families, this continues to be a critical issue and so we would be grateful if you could ensure that the above information is implemented as a matter of urgency.

We will continue to update the Family Support: Advice & Guidance page on The Hub on to ensure that school professionals have access to key local information, this includes a Families Handbook to share with vulnerable families.