As a result of the government voting against extending free school meals for disadvantaged children, ScS has donated £20,000 to help fund meals for local children in need.
The national sofa and carpet specialist, which was founded in Sunderland, will pay for 10,000 meals for the city’s most underprivileged families.
With October half term approaching and many families struggling due to the pandemic, MPs have this week controversially voted against providing food for children during the school holidays, a campaign that has been brought to prominence by England footballer, Marcus Rashford.
Children typically receive free school meals if their family receives some form of income support, such as Universal Credit or Jobseeker’s Allowance, but this only applies during term time.
ScS’ donation to the organisation, Together for Children, will help to bridge this gap in Sunderland, focusing on families who need it the most. Families will receive a £10 Asda voucher, which can be spent on a week’s worth of school meal equivalents.
Jill Colbert, Chief Executive at Together for Children, comments: “We are incredibly grateful to SCS for their generous donation of £20,000, which will provide meals to vulnerable children in our city.
“Currently, more than 8,500 children receive free school meals across primary and secondary schools in Sunderland.”
David Knight, CEO of ScS, comments: “It’s been an incredibly difficult year for everyone, but some families have been hit harder than others.
“Here at ScS, we are dedicated to helping families in need and ahead of October half term, we hope our donation will go some way to helping to feed our city’s most vulnerable children. Together for Children does an incredible job and its services are more crucial now than ever before.”