Help for families needing meals for children this half-term

3:26pm - 27 October 2020

No child should go hungry this half-term in North Somerset thanks to the support being provided by the local community, businesses and North Somerset Council.

A number of community groups and businesses across North Somerset have pledged to step in and support families who are struggling this half-term.

The council has also funded local community organisations to support the welfare of the most vulnerable members of our communities during the current pandemic and will make sure no-one goes without food this half-term.

Cllr Catherine Gibbons, executive member for children's services said: "We are committed to ensuring fairness and to reducing the inequalities that exist in our communities. No child should go hungry this half-term or ever. 

"There is a huge amount of community support available, and we have made payments totalling £195,000 to help vulnerable people during the pandemic. If any family is unable to access that support they should get in touch with us as we can also make emergency payments through our welfare provision scheme.

"We will also be using the coming weeks to ensure that no child goes hungry at Christmas either and will provide more details nearer the time about the support available. We are working to establish a local network of organisations to address food insecurity and poverty and to coordinate future responses."

A list of all the local community organisations and businesses currently offering support is available on the council's website at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/holidaymeals. Anyone who is unable to access that support should contact the council to request an emergency welfare payment on 01934 888 035 or 0800 138 5665 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday. There is more information at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/wps