29,000 children in Sheffield to benefit from free food vouchers this Christmas

Written by Qi Ding

Sheffield City Council is offering food vouchers to 29,000 families in need across the winter holidays.

Families with children who are eligible for free school meals will be given a £50 coupon to help cover the costs of food and energy.

The scheme is aimed at those who claim income assessed Early Years Support (2-4 years old) and young people leaving their care setting (Care Leavers) are also involved.

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.

To help provide this support, Edenred UK is working with the Department of Education (DfE) to provide supermarket vouchers to families whose schools cannot provide food directly to their families.

Edenred UK online code redemeption scheme

There are eight supermarkets available to redeem vouchers – Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Waitrose, M&S food, Aldi and McColl’s.

Eligible families will receive an eCode for supermarket redemption, or the school will print off the voucher, or ‘eGift card’, and post it to a home address, or arrange a collection.

The vouchers will be funded through the government’s Household Support Fund set up in October 2021 to help local councils directly help those who need it most.

This scheme will provide winter support for people who live in Sheffield and struggle to afford food and other essentials.

Sheffield City Council has also opened a free school meal scheme, which schools can apply for online to provide free meals for up to five children per family.

Written by Qi Ding

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