County Council announces support for families this half term

Extra support for food, supplies and wellbeing will be available to children and their families this half term.

The County Council is working with the Active Essex Foundation to extend its Holiday Hunger programme over this coming half term, which will see 33 programmes available across the county and more than 1,000 children provided with free activities and food.

This scheme is an extension to the very popular summer holidays activity programme which provided free childcare and a free meal for working families and saw 3548 children take part.

The programme links with schools, foodbanks, local churches, local authorities and the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service, to identify families who would benefit.

In addition to the Holiday Hunger programme, Essex County Council is launching the ‘Half Term Emergency Fund’ a new scheme for foodbanks and other organisations which provides food to communities. Foodbanks will be able to apply for a grant up to £2,500 to help make sure they have enough supplies to cover the half term holiday.

Eligible foodbanks and organisations can find out more information about the Half Term Emergency Fund and apply through the Essex Association of Local Councils.

Last updated 23 October 2020