CHILDREN in need will be provided with food during the summer holidays.
This is the fifth year that Sefton Council and Sefton Council For Voluntary Services (Sefton CVS) have provided meals to schoolchildren who are most in need of additional hot meals. This year, families that would not normally receive free school meals but may have been furloughed or lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic are also being supported by the scheme.
More than 5,000 meals, in the form of takeaway packed lunches, are served during the scheme, which helps support families across Sefton who are most in need of help, allowing them to end a reliance on school meals to help nourish their children. Sefton Council and Sefton CVS will co-ordinate additional access to food with local voluntary, community and faith sector organisations across the borough.
Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said: “This is always a very important service to provide and once again we are able to help people who would otherwise struggle to put food on the table.
“We have had families tell us that without this service, they would have to miss paying bills to accommodate the extra cost of feeding their children during those summer months.
“Sadly there is a need for schemes such as the Access To Food Programme and we are delighted that we are once again able to help and support those families that are most in need within our communities.”
Angela White, chief executive of Sefton CVS said: “We understand that the summer holidays can be an extremely challenging time for some families. We are pleased to be working alongside Sefton Council to offer a coordinated response to meet the needs of our local communities."