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Westminster City Council will provide additional support to vulnerable families over October half-term

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Published: 13 October 2021

Westminster City Council will provide additional support to vulnerable families over October half-term including:

  • The provision of free school meal vouchers

  • Additional funding for food pantries enabling families to healthy and nutritious food

Following the Government’s announcement of the Household Support Fund on 30th September, Westminster City Council will utilise its allocated funding to provide free school meal vouchers for all eligible children in the borough over October half-term. The additional funding will ensure that over 7,000 children in Westminster receive £15 each to be able to access healthy and nutritious food over the school holidays and relieve pressure on low-income families.

The council will also provide additional funding during October half-term to two food pantries located in the North of the borough at Westbourne Park and in the South near St James’ Park. At these pantries, a variety of affordable, healthy and nutritious food options are available for families in need. Families with children eligible for free school meals will be able to do one free shop for up to £15 at Westbourne Park Pantry during the one-week holiday.

Further to utilising funding for food provision, the council will be putting on a wide-range of free recreational activities for children and young people to take part in during the holidays. This includes various workshops run by the council’s City Lions as well as activities at our libraries and sports venues across Westminster including specific activities for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Councillor Timothy Barnes, Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Libraries said:

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to create a challenging time for many vulnerable families in Westminster especially as we approach winter. I am really pleased that we are able to offer additional support to parents, carers and children over this upcoming October half-term. As we continue to recover from the pandemic, helping vulnerable families and children to access the support they need remains a top priority for us.

Find out more about free school meals.

More information about October half-term support including how to access food at the pantries and all the recreational activities on offer.