Food will be available to vulnerable families across the borough this half term, in a bid to tackle food poverty and ensure no child goes hungry at a time when they cannot access free school meals.
Local foodbanks have received financial assistance from Woking Borough Council through the Emergency Assistance Grant. Throughout the school holidays, frozen healthy meals will be delivered by local charity, Foodwise, and food parcels packaged and distributed to those most in need from foodbanks.
Cllr Ayesha Azad, Leader of Woking Borough Council, said: “Food is a basic human need and it is a tragedy that there are young people in our borough going without. We, as a Council, are proud to stand together with our community to tackle child food poverty.
“Throughout the pandemic, Woking Borough Council officers and partners have consistently gone above and beyond to ensure that the most vulnerable and shielding residents are kept safe, and looked after. Support which will continue for as long as it needs to.
“As we extend this support to those families who need us most, I know they will rise to the challenge again.
“To families who need support, please don’t suffer in silence. No one should struggle to feed their children and help is available to those who require it.”
Families eligible to receive support will be referred to the scheme through partner agencies. If you are a vulnerable family and wish to receive a referral, please call 01483 755855.
For more information about Foodwise please visit www.foodwisetlc.care
For further support and advice please contact Citizen’s Advice Woking by email www.wokingcab.org or call 0800 144 8848.