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Kent County Council's food vouchers a 'success' with 20,000 children helped

Thursday 5th November 2020

VULNERABLE families have received 20,000 vouchers to help them through the half-term holiday - and there is further help during lockdown.
Kent County Council offered £15 per pupil to the parents of local children, entitled to free school meals, to buy food outside of the usual term time.
The issue of food poverty became political when footballer Marcus Rashford highlighted problems some parents have providing for their families when the children are on holiday.
KCC leader Roger Gough said: “Our voucher scheme was launched, at very short notice, on the first day of the school holidays, after the parliamentary debate on free school meals. 
“Looking after the most vulnerable in the county, has been our priority throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and I can assure the people of the Kent this will remain the case going forward.” 
The voucers were redeemable at Tesco or Asda and ran from October 26 to November  and the authority processed applications for 19,875 children who were eligible to receive free school meals; these families have now received their vouchers. This number is likely to increase as a small number of applications are still being processed."
The Kent Together helpline and webpage remain open for anyone in the county who is struggling during the pandemic. 
Any Maidstone resident who requires support with acquiring food or collecting medicine or prescriptions, or who has any other urgent needs, can call 03000 41 92 92 or visit www.kent.gov.uk/kenttogether 24 hours a day. 

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