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Food voucher scheme continues for 29,000 children this Christmas holiday

School canteen

This week, families with children that are eligible for benefit related free school meals will receive a free £50 voucher to help cover the costs of food and energy over the winter holidays.

Those who claim income assessed Early Years Support (2-4yr olds) and young people leaving their care setting (Care Leavers) are also eligible, meaning 29,000 children across Sheffield will receive vital support this winter.

Sheffield City Council recognises that many families continue to face financial difficulties because of the pandemic and changes to Universal Credit, with winter holidays being a particularly difficult time due to extra costs for food and energy. The vouchers will be funded through the government’s Household Support Fund set up in October 2021 to help local council’s directly help those who need it most.

Families and Care Leavers who are eligible for the voucher will be receiving a letter from the council with more details on how to redeem their voucher this week. 

Councillor Terry Fox, Leader of Sheffield City Council said:

“With the rising cost of food and energy and an uncertain winter ahead, we must continue to support vulnerable families, so I’m pleased to be able to continue this important voucher scheme. I hope it alleviates some of the worries families may have had about how they were going to put enough food on the table and keep their house sufficiently warm during Christmas time when finances are often stretched further than normal. 

“I’d like to remind anyone who is facing financial hardship or is struggling with debt that the council has lots of different support available. Please get in touch if you need to and find out what support is available to you, we are here to help.”

To find out more about what support is available such as the Covid-19 Council Tax Hardship Fund and Local Assistance Scheme please visit the council website.

There is also free advice and support available at https://citizensadvicesheffield.org.uk/or by calling 0808 278 7820.