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Summer holiday food vouchers

The COVID-19 local support grant has been extended to the end of September. The extension means that eligible pre-school and school age children are able to get a supermarket food voucher for the summer holiday period.

We apologise this is coming to you late in the term but details have only just been confirmed.

Schools will be issuing vouchers directly for eligible school age children. Vouchers for eligible pre-school age children are available through the Family Information Service. Each child is eligible for a £75 voucher (£12.50 per week for six weeks).

Eligibility criteria for pre-school age children
The following criteria must be met to qualify for a food voucher.

Children must be living in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole and meet at least one of the following criteria:
  • currently receiving two year early education funding at your setting
  • currently receiving Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) funding at your setting
  • currently open to children's social care or early help, and on the vulnerable children list.
Communication with eligible families about the offer

To help us support as many children as possible, please can you share information about the voucher with families. We receive a very high demand for vouchers and need to apply the criteria strictly, so to avoid disappointment, we ask that the information is only shared with parent / carers of children that meet the stated eligibility criteria.

Process for families that have had a food voucher before

We are currently reviewing our list of those who have been issued with a voucher from us before. If a child for whom a voucher was issued previously is still currently meeting the eligibility criteria, we will email the parent soon (hopefully early next week), to tell them that we will be reissuing a voucher for the summer holiday period. There is no need for those parents to reapply.
If a parent who has had a voucher from us previously does not receive an email from us, it is because their child is no longer meeting the eligibility criteria.

How to apply for a food voucher – new applicants

Applications for vouchers can be made via the online application form in the link below. The deadline for applications is 11pm on Friday 6 August.  Please do support any parents who may need help completing the form.
Request for summer holiday food vouchers application form
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