Erik J on 08 February 2021
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Q. Do your children normally receive means-tested Free School Meals?
Q. Have you received any support with food for your children since schools have been closed? And if you have, what was the support like?
Hi, I do not currently receive free school meals for my daughter although I believe I would be entitled to this as I am a single parent in receipt of ESA due to severe mental health issues, mainly due to being embarrassed and the stigma involved for her at school. However since shortly after the first lockdown started we have been receiving help from a local food bank with weekly food parcels which we could not have managed without and are extremely grateful for. We are only obtaining this help as my daughter attends young carers and told them that I was struggling to buy food due to a lack of money and finding it hard to leave home due to a fear of catching covid-19 and being unable to care for her as I have no real help or support from family or friends. I think it should be made a lot easier for people to be able to find information on what help is available for struggling families and how to apply for this help. I also find that finding help is a lot more difficult for single fathers to find help and information. Kind regards
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