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Free School Meals over Christmas

Dear Parents/Carers,

Free School Meals over the Christmas Holidays

Devon County Council have now put in place arrangements to provide supermarket vouchers to nearly 15,000 children across Devon who currently receive free school meals, to help their families buy groceries over the Christmas holidays.

We don’t want anyone to miss out on this vital support so do look out for a letter or email from Devon County Council (DCC) next week for details about how to access the vouchers or an alternative food box. Further details are provided below:

From Tuesday 8 December DCC will be sending a unique code per child to all families known to the Local Authority, that are currently in receipt of Free School Meals. If your child receives FSM and you do not receive any communication then please contact us at school as soon as possible. Each code can be used once on a website called ‘Hawk Select’ to redeem vouchers to the value of £30 per child (£15 per week for the two weeks of school holidays) for Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrison’s, Asda, M&S Food and Waitrose.

The website requires families to provide an email address for the vouchers to be sent to once they have chosen their preferred supermarket. When received, they can save the vouchers to their phone or tablet to use online (depending on the supermarket) or show at the checkout in store. Alternatively, they can print the vouchers off to give to the cashier.

If you do not have access to the internet or a mobile device to receive and store the vouchers on then please contact us at school so we can support you completing the process on the Hawk Select website and print off the vouchers for you. In this situation parents/carers will need to provide the school with their unique code in order for us to redeem the voucher on the Hawk Select website on their behalf.

DCC education helpline is available on 0345 155 1019 for any questions about the distribution of the unique codes, and can be used by schools or parents. There are also some useful FAQs on the Hawk Select website along with contact details for any technical support about using the codes and vouchers.

If you think your child may now be eligible for free school meals due to a recent change in the family’s circumstances, please ensure you can access this holiday voucher support over Christmas by applying online through the Devon Citizen’s Portal to check if you are eligible as soon as possible. This is the quickest and easiest way for your eligibility to be assessed and you will get an instant decision. Alternatively, you can call Devon’s education helpline on 0345 155 1019. To ensure that you receive the free school meals holiday vouchers for this Christmas period you must apply by Friday 18 December 2020.

Visit Devon County Council website if you have any further queries regarding this.

With best wishes.

Matthew Shanks

Executive Principal and Chief Executive Officer | Education South West