The continuity of free school meals for children over half-term has been a big concern nationally as more and more families have expressed the need for support in feeding their children whilst they aren’t at school. There has been a tremendous response from local communities and people across the country, and here in Merton we are fortunate to have a council who have stepped in to aid that need.
“As half term begins, Merton Council has pledged to reimburse the borough’s schools for any food related support they provide in half term week to families of children who would be eligible for Free School Meals during term time, up to the value of £15 per child.
Where schools are not providing direct support themselves, families can be referred onto emergency support provided by local organisations, including the Wimbledon Foodbank, the Dons Local Action Group and the Merton Community Fridge Network.” – Merton Council
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we have all praised Merton’s ability to come together as a collective and look after those in need, and this has been no exception. As well as support from Merton Council, there are still lots of businesses across the borough who have stepped up to offer free lunches to children this half-term, and these community responses are part of the reason that Merton is such a great place to live.
Click here to read Merton Council’s full statement on the matter, keep an eye on social media to see what restaurants are supporting the cause this half-term, and head over to our What’s On page if you are looking for half-term activities to get involved in.