Free school meals are available in Sefton

Sefton Council has revealed hope it will be supporting families with free school meals during this October Half Term. 

The local authority is providing e-vouchers which can be spent in Asda supermarkets, including those in Southport and Bootle, or online. 

Printed vouchers are available from Family Wellbeing Centres in Southport, Netherton and Bootle. 

If your family currently receives free school meals, and you would like to receive a voucher for meals for during October 2020 half term, please e-mail freeschoolmeals@sefton.gov.uk and they will arrange for an e-voucher to be sent to you. 

Sefton Council need to know:

  • Your name, address, telephone number and email address
  • You child(ren)’s name(s), school, and date of birth

They said: “Please let us know if you are happy for us to retain your email address for future contact.

“The e-voucher(s) can be used in any ASDA stores (by printing off a copy, or by downloading the e-voucher to your mobile device) or you can use the voucher online at www.asda.com

“If your family currently receives free school meals and you do not have an e-mail address please visit one of our Family Wellbeing Centres, where you will be able to collect a printed voucher.  Please remember to wear your face mask and maintain space at the centres.

“If you do not have an e-mail address or you cannot get to one of our Family Wellbeing Centres please ring 0345 140 0845 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm or Sat-Sun, 10am-4pm)

“We are expecting demand to be high so please be patient.”

If your family does not currently receive free school meals please visit /schools-learning/grants-and-funding/free-school-meals.aspx

As a Sefton resident, you are eligible for free school meals if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit ONLY (not entitled/receiving Working Tax Credit) and have an income of less that £16190.00
  • Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit and have a net household income of less than £7400 per annum
  • Support under VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said:

“Sefton Council is putting in place a scheme to support children and their families accessing free school meals in the borough during this half term. 

 “We will also continue to provide additional funding and support to our local voluntary sector partners, including the local food banks who are well stocked to enable them to help some of Sefton’s hardest hit families during these difficult times.

 “Our family wellbeing centres in Talbot Street (Southport), Marie Clarke (Bootle) and Netherton also remain open to families who need their support during half-term. We have also increased the funding available to our Emergency Limited Assistance Scheme, and would encourage anyone in Sefton who may need extra support at this time to contact the council on 0345 140 0845.”

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