As a church family here at St Peter's and St Paul's we believe that politics shouldn't get in the way of doing what is right. Aside from any party association we believe that no child should be left without a meal in the holidays. With Marcus Rashford speaking so movingly into this area of public life and wellbeing over the last few weeks; our Vicar, and members of the church family reached out to the local MP to invite her to reconsider and whilst we are delighted that there will be changes, we are disappointed that it was not in time for half-term provision.
SDC, HPC and St. Peter's Church have already helped hundreds of local residents, including families with school-aged children, since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are delighted that Kent County Council has now announced that food vouchers are available during half-term for families whose children are eligible for free school meals, in order that no Kent child goes hungry. A dedicated helpline has been set up and is now open so that Kent’s low-income families are able to quickly and easily access the help they need when they need it most, including during the school holidays. Families who apply will receive one voucher of £15 per child. Anyone eligible for free school meals who needs extra financial support to help feed their children can now visit www.kent.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals or call the dedicated helpline on 03000 41 24 24. Don't hesitate to apply before the Monday 2nd November 5pm deadline. This and our Community Compassion Fund represent our ongoing commitment to making a practical difference as we continue into the autumn. All questions do email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's more detail regarding the recently announced support for Kent families.