Somerset County Council will proceed to supply assist to native households in want of meals help over the Could half-term interval.
At its Full Council assembly on Wednesday (Could fifth), the Council Chief Cllr David Fothergill confirmed plans to allocate a complete of £250,000 of funding to colleges in Somerset to fund meals vouchers over the Could half-term.
This can present vouchers for the 14,509 kids in Somerset eligible for Free Faculty Meals, plus an extra allocation which colleges can use to supply assist to different households who they really feel would additionally profit from help.
Somerset County Council has been working to sort out vacation starvation through the pandemic, offering funding for meals and vouchers over October half-term, Christmas, February half-term and the Easter holidays.
Cllr Fothergill mentioned: “We’re decided to make sure no-one in Somerset goes hungry. This has undoubtedly been a troublesome yr for a lot of households, and it’s good that we are able to present this funding to assist presently.
“Importantly, now we have made certain that anybody who receives meals help is made conscious of the community of additional help that’s obtainable to assist them deal with different underlying points, together with monetary recommendation and psychological well being help, housing recommendation and assist with transport.”
Additional help has been supplied for younger individuals in Somerset who qualify for Free Faculty Meals by way of the Vacation Actions and Meals programme supported by the Division for Schooling.
Somerset County Council joined forces with the Somerset Exercise and Sports activities Partnership (SASP) to ship meals and enjoyable actions to greater than 2,500 kids through the current Easter holidays. Work is at the moment underway to broaden the programme for the upcoming Summer time holidays.
Somerset’s wider emergency meals response to the pandemic has seen greater than 500,000 meals and objects of meals delivered to communities, households and people throughout Somerset by way of the Somerset Meals Resilience Taskforce.
The Taskforce is a superb instance of partnership working involving Somerset’s Native Authorities, Village Brokers, Fareshare, and quite a few voluntary and group teams.
Work is underway to ascertain a sustainable mannequin of meals help for post-Covid which is able to proceed to present the suitable help on the earliest alternative and allow individuals to get the assistance they want. This contains supporting the event of group pantries and meals initiatives, and persevering with our shut relationships with the Village Brokers, Residents Recommendation and group and voluntary teams.
Anybody in Somerset who wants help with entry to meals or medicines, or emotional and monetary help, can name the Somerset Coronavirus Helpline on 0300 790 6275, seven days per week, 8am to 6pm, or go to the CCS Village Brokers web site https://somersetagents.org/help-with-food/.