Free School Meals update
The following update has been kindly provided by Allan Gunn, Head of Revenues and Customer Services, copied here to keep you up to date:
“We will be providing e-vouchers to families to support access to free school meals from week commencing 30 March 2020. Each e-voucher will be for £15. We intend to issue 2 * £15 e-vouchers during next week. Each has an expiration of 3 months from the date of issue.
This innovative and easy-to-use service will ensure around 4,000 school children will continue to receive support for school meals while schools are closed. For the majority of pupils, this will be delivered digitally.
By providing this service digitally, families are afforded flexibility in their shopping and can choose to spend their e-vouchers in Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys or Tesco.
Some restrictions do apply as the e-vouchers cannot be used to purchase age restricted products such as tobacco, alcohol, lottery tickets and fuel.
We continue to investigate other ways of providing food across the Highlands for vulnerable groups within the rapidly changing environment. Further information will be provided in due course and may include vouchers from other retailers such as the Co-op and ScotMid.
To provide an e-voucher requires an e-mail address. Further information will be provided in due course.”
If you are entitled to a free school meal it is vital that you have provided an up to date email address to us. If you are in doubt, please email me directly so I can check. If you don’t do this I cannot guarantee you will receive your free school meal voucher.
Here is a list of ten really useful sites that you could point families to, as recommended by our Highland Council Digital team but there is no expectation that young people will be using them over the next two weeks nor should you feel pressured into suggesting using them:
More information and photos from the week to come later.
Aileen Mackay, HT