Erewash Borough Council is backing a scheme that will help ensure that no child in Erewash goes hungry this Christmas.

Food vouchers will be sent to families of children across the borough who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals. The food voucher scheme has also been extended to families of pre-schoolchildren, aged 2 to 4 years, who are suffering financial hardship and young people leaving local authority care.

The £30 electronic vouchers, distributed by the County Council, are being sent to parents by email or text this week and are part of a series of measures to support local people most in need during the ongoing pandemic.

The funding will help to provide food and other household essentials to children during the Christmas holidays. The funding is over and above money already provided to support food banks and other schemes that work to alleviate poverty in local communities.

Leader of Erewash Borough Council, Councillor Carol Hart, said:

“The funding received from the government’s COVID Winter Grant Scheme is very welcome news and will go a long way in supporting vulnerable families within Erewash this winter. If you are struggling financially but maybe don’t have children who are eligible for food vouchers, I urge you to visit the website to see what help may be available.”

Read full details of the criteria for food vouchers and information about how they will be sent out on Derbyshire County Council's website.