Free holiday activities and food for low income families this Christmas

Free holiday activities and food for low income families this Christmas

More than 20,000 Staffordshire school children will be eligible to receive free hot meals and access to a range of activities over the Christmas holidays.

Those who are in receipt of benefits related to free school meals will be able to access; physical play, enriching activities, nutritional advice and a hot healthy meal, where possible. The programme is funded by the Department for Education.

Staffordshire County Council is working with charities, community groups, schools and other organisations to deliver the programme. Many providers are now keen to return with even more activities and fun.  Eligible children will be offered free activities for a minimum of two hours a day, for four days a week of the Christmas holidays. A hot healthy meal will be provided on site, where possible, to help with the cost of food over the holidays.

The programme can be accessed through a registration system which will open at 7pm on 29 November.  Activities will start on 20 December and run until 31 December.

All those eligible for the holiday activities and food programme will receive a letter via their school. Any eligible children who have not received a letter by 26 November should contact their school in the first instance, while all others should go to www.staffordshire.gov.uk/holidayactivities for more information or contact their local Family Hub.

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