You may have read in the local media that Oldham Council has secured from Government over £200,000 to support families with children through its COVID local support fund, which will be used to cover the Spring Bank holiday.
We, as your child’s school, are working with the Council to deliver food vouchers to families with children entitled to income based free school meals before schools finish for the half term break.
We want to ensure that those eligible for free school meals on the grounds of low income receive a food voucher to cover the Spring Bank holiday at £15 per week per child.
The most effective way of ensuring vulnerable families receive the vouchers that can be used in the Oldham supermarket of their choice is via a third-party online hub – known as Wonde.
Wonde is a data integration company already used by many schools in Oldham who offer a free school meal voucher system. This voucher system has a live link to your school’s data therefore automatically recognises the students who are eligible for Free School Meals. The system should be quick and easy to use and produces the vouchers that can be used in most Oldham supermarkets.
If your child is entitled to income based free school meals, please look out for an email and/or text confirming that your voucher has been issued.
For more information go to: https://help.evouchers.com/hc/ – this includes a step by step guide of how to access the vouchers (once your school has issued them to you)
If you have any questions, please contact the school in the first instance.
For any families that are really struggling for food and provisions over Spring Bank, please visit the Oldham Council website https://www.oldham.gov.uk/wecanhelp which lists a number of support and benefits that are available.