Cambridgeshire County Council is working with other organisations to support many people whose lives have become more difficult because of COVID-19.
The Winter grant scheme is available to support families and individuals experiencing immediate financial hardship with access to food and essential supplies over the Christmas holidays and beyond.
This support is being offered in two ways;
- Direct food voucher scheme
- Additional support for vulnerable families and individuals
Direct food voucher scheme
Schools are now issuing vouchers for this term. If you have queries regarding term time free school meals vouchers, please contact your school or educational setting.
Supermarket vouchers of £15 per child, per week of the Christmas and February half term holidays, will be issued to those families meeting the low income criteria for the following benefits;
- Free school meals
- Funded childcare for 2 year olds
- Early years pupil premium
- 16-19 bursary fund
You will receive a text or email to choose your supermarket for the voucher:
- Text message from ‘SchoolMeals’
- Email from ‘email@example.com’ – please ensure you check your junk folder
If you selected your supermarket choice after 12pm that day, your voucher will arrive the following day. If you made your supermarket choice after 12pm on a Friday, you will receive your voucher on Monday.
If you became eligible for free school meals prior to 24 December 2020, and have not received a voucher, please contact Winter Support using the email address below.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond to you in 5 days.
Please note this email address is only for voucher queries - please submit any other support enquiries by completing our online form via the link below.
This scheme has been developed by both Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council.
Winter Support Grant requests January 2021
The Winter Support Grant scheme is currently paused, and no new applications are being accepted.
Applications from anyone that has applied prior to Friday 15 January at 9.15 am will be processed as usual, and someone will be in touch with you to discuss next steps.
Meanwhile, help and support may still available via your local Covid-19 coordination hub; you will find further details at the following links:
- If you live in Cambridge City
- If you live in East Cambridgeshire
- If you live in Fenland
- If you live in Huntingdonshire
- If you live in South Cambridgeshire
- If you are not sure
Further support and information can also be found here:
FAQs for parents and carers
Letters to parents and carers
Read copies of letters sent to parents and carers regarding food support during the Christmas holidays and the wider support offered to families by the scheme below.