Families and individuals should speak with their school, college or early years provider or Citizens Advice about accessing these offers. All enquiries will be treated with the strictest confidence.
Organisations that can support families and individuals should apply for a community grant.
The food voucher scheme
We are funding a food voucher scheme to help feed children and young people over the Christmas holiday fortnight and the February half-term school holiday.
Funding is being paid directly to childcare providers, early years providers, schools and colleges. They will purchase sufficient vouchers for children and young people whose families are eligible.
Each eligible child or young person will receive a £15 voucher per week. A family may receive more than one voucher per week, depending on the number of children they have. The scheme will provide vouchers to over 34,000 children.
The vouchers will be given to:
- all families whose children are eligible for free school meals
- children being supported by a social worker
- children receiving early help services from Hampshire County Council’s Family Support Service
- 2 to 4 year olds accessing childcare and who are eligible for Early Years Pupil Premium
- 16 to 18 year olds who were previously eligible for free school meals
Food and fuel vouchers
Food and fuel vouchers will be made available to partner organisations to distribute, including:
- the Family Support Service
- domestic abuse services
- other agencies working directly with vulnerable households
The Citizens Advice service will be allocated a grant of £100,000 to help them financially support households with fuel bills over the winter period.
All Hampshire Citizens Advice services can be found on the Hampshire connect4communities directory.