Over the last few years, in response to the COVID pandemic, Welsh Government provided funding for direct payments to parents for children who were eligible for free school meals, in order to help with food costs during the school holidays.
We have received confirmation from Welsh Government that this will no longer continue and that the payment made for May half term 2023 was the final one.
We know this comes at a time when many residents are finding household costs a challenge. If you are struggling to meet your household costs, please visit our help with the cost of living pages for advice on any other help you may be able to access.
Welsh Government also have a cost of living help web page that provides information of sources of possible financial support.
If you feel that you may struggle during the school holidays, please visit the Welsh Local Government Associations page, where you can find information on local schools taking part in the Food and Fun programme.