In light of the Government's failure to provide children with free school meals over the school holidays, Labour-led Cheshire East Council has acted to ensure that no child goes hungry this half-term.
The Cheshire East Labour group welcomes the statement from Cheshire East Council.
“Cheshire East Council is committed to helping our most vulnerable children and families and we are always at the end of the phone for anyone who is in a crisis.
“Our children’s social care team and family support service continue to work tirelessly to support those who need our help during the current pandemic.
“We are fortunate to have fantastic communities in Cheshire East from businesses, schools, town and parish councils and the community and voluntary and faith sector who are all working with us to support the most vulnerable in our borough, and I thank them for all they are doing to respond to the recent government announcement regarding free school meals.
“If anyone finds themselves in a crisis over half term, we have arrangements in place to provide supermarket vouchers, so please contact our social care and early help teams either via your named support worker or calling 0300 123 5012.”
James Barber, the Cheshire East Council Champion for Young People said, “I fully support Marcus Rashford’s campaign and have been inspired to set up a local Taskforce to look into the issue.'.”
Rob Vernon, fellow Labour councillor for Broken Cross & Upton said “In one of the richest countries in the world, it’s simply unacceptable that any child should go hungry, and we’re determined not to let that happen.
Government ministers have had seven months to ensure a comprehensive package of help was in place for families struggling to make ends meet. They have failed, and must act now alongside Cheshire East Council to ensure that no family endures Christmas with no food on the table.”