Education Planning Group: CORRECTION - Free School Meal voucher scheme

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CORRECTION - Free School Meal voucher value


In Friday's communication regarding Free School Meal vouchers there was a discrepancy between the number, and total value, of vouchers referred to in the main bulletin and the information in the downloadable template letter to parents/carers. To confirm:

The voucher will be worth £99 for each child/young person and covers the 33 day summer holiday period 2021.

Revised text for template letter is included below. Apologies for any confusion caused.

Sample letter to Parents/Carers

Dear Parent/Carer,

Cumbria County Council wants to ensure every child who receives benefits-related Free School Meals continues to be supported over the summer holidays.

To do this the council is working with a national company called Wonde who will provide families with e-vouchers that can be spent on food and drink in a range of supermarkets and shops. The voucher will be worth £99 for each child/young person and covers the 33 day summer holiday period 2021.

School is working with Wonde to ensure they have the right contact details for you. It is important that the email and mobile contact details we hold are up to date. Please let us know if immediately your details have changed.

Wonde will contact you to ask which supermarket you would like to use your voucher in. The supermarkets currently available are ASDA, Aldi, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Iceland, Mc Colls, Waitrose and Morrisons.

The voucher will then be sent via TEXT or EMAIL. If you do not have internet access on your mobile and are therefore unable to view the voucher you can forward the message to someone who has and they can help you redeem the voucher, or school can help by printing vouchers for you.

If you have any questions about the message that you receive from Wonde, or if you believe you should have received a message from Wonde and haven’t by [school to inset date] please contact the school office on [school to inset contact details].

Yours etc

Reminder: Summer Holidays ‘Free School Meal’ Voucher Offer

  • Voucher scheme opens on Wednesday 7 July 2021 at 8am

  • Please ensure your school administrator is aware of this date and orders accordingly

  • WONDE's new name is

You can log on the old system and you will automatically be taken to the new site. It looks the same and ordering is the same, it’s just a new name.

Wonde have also introduced an optional App for parents to download, this does not affect the ordering or spending of vouchers, and parents are not obliged to use it.

The county council has again committed to ensuring every benefits-eligible free school meal young person is able to access a meal voucher over the Summer holiday. The vouchers will have a value of £99 (33 days at £3 per day) for each eligible child and are fully funded by Cumbria County Council using COVID Grant Fund monies.

The WONDE system ‘LA window’ (where the LA can be selected on the WONDE system to pay for your order) will open at 8am on Wednesday 7 July and close at 5pm on Tuesday 20th July

The WONDE system we are using enables a clear audit trail for DWP/COVID accounting purposes.

Please note schools should not pay for vouchers on a school card and when using WONDE must select ‘pay by LA’ from the drop-down menu.

Please also note the ‘pay by LA’ option is for your benefits-related free school meal young people to cover summer holidays. You should continue with your own local solutions for term time.

If you need to check the latest free school meal numbers for your school, please contact Jason Spedding on 07774016810 or via email