Sunderland-based company ScS has shown its support for children across the city, by donating £20,000 to help provide meals to Sunderland's most vulnerable families.
Families will receive a £10 Asda voucher, which can be spent on a week's worth of school meal equivalents during the half term break (Monday 26 October to Friday 30 November).
Jill Colbert, Chief Executive at Together for Children, said: “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. The provision of free school meals is a vital resource to families in our city, who rely on their children receiving a free school meal during term time; however, their circumstances don’t change when the school term ends, and they still need support during the school holidays.
“The donation will provide more than 10,000 meals to families in need over the next week. ScS Sunderland are making a huge contribution to ensure the health and wellbeing of children, young people and families and their donation will truly make a difference.
“I’d also like to extend a thank you to the The Link School and Headteacher, Donna Walker, who will work Together for Children and schools across the city to identify the most vulnerable families and ensure they receive this support.”
Councillor Louise Farthing, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services at Sunderland City Council, added: “I’d like to thank ScS Sunderland for their generosity and I am sure the whole Council would wish to join me in that appreciation. I’d also like to thank Together for Children, who will be ensuring that the most vulnerable children in Sunderland will be supported by the offer.”
David Knight, CEO of ScS, said: “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.”
A number of big-hearted businesses across the region have also pledged their support to North East families by offering hot meals, packed lunches and activity packs to children over the half term holidays. You can find a list of local businesses in the downloads section below.