Council boss says ‘don’t struggle in silence’

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As controversy continues over providing food in the holidays for children in receipt of free school meals, Mole Valley District Council says it will do all it can to prevent children from going hungry this winter.

The Council is highlighting that help is available for anyone in financial difficulties who may be struggling to buy food for the family.

In a statement, Cllr Stephen Cooksey, Leader of Mole Valley District Council, said: “We work closely with our local Foodbanks and Community Fridges that provide much-needed support for the vulnerable year round. Now, more than ever, we want to ensure people know they can contact us for information on where to get help.

“Our friendly customer service advisers can provide details of the local points for Foodbanks and community fridges. Please don’t struggle in silence if you are finding it hard to feed your family during this half term or at any time this year, then the Mole Valley website and our team on the phones can help you.”

The main MVDC website and main phone line (01306 885001) both provide information on local organisations offering food help.

Surrey County Council also has extensive information on the help available if you are in financial difficulties.

The FRA has donated to Mid Surrey Community Fridges, where you can request help, make a donation or volunteer.

According to the BBC News website, the UK government extended free school meals to eligible children during the Easter holidays earlier this year and, after a high-profile campaign by footballer Marcus Rashford, did the same for the summer holiday. But it has refused to do so again. 

The government maintains it has increased Universal Credit and provided £63 million to councils.

In England, children living in households on income-related benefits (such as universal credit) are eligible for free school meals, as long as their annual household income does not go over £7,400 after tax, not including welfare payments.

Main image courtesy of MVDC

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