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Highlands and Islands MSP Maree Todd extension of support for children entitled to free school meals during the summer with funding from the Scottish Government to help families during coronavirus pandemic


By Ian Duncan

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Maree Todd MSP.
Maree Todd MSP.

Children in the Highlands eligible for free school meals will be among those who continue to be supported over the summer through £27.6 million of additional cash from the Scottish Government.

Highland Council will receive £463,000 to support the continued provision of support for children during the summer holiday period, with £651,000 for wider provision of food support.

Highlands and Islands MSP Maree Todd said: “We know that this pandemic has put real financial pressure on families, and it’s right that the Scottish Government has ensured Highland Council can continue to provide free school meals and support families, children and young people who need some extra help at this challenging time.

“Free school meals are vital for families in the Highlands and an important way of ensuring their children receive the nutritious food they need.

"That is why it is so important that support continues while schools remain closed.

"This extra support will make a huge difference to children and their families in the Highlands and across Scotland, and help to ensure the most vulnerable people in our society receive support during this pandemic."

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