County Council Launches ‘Help Is At Hand’ Directory For Families Struggling Over School Holidays

Cumbria County Council has launched a directory of help available for families facing financial issues throughout the school holidays.

This comes after the backlash experienced by the government when MPs voted down the opposition motion to continue free school meals throughout school holidays until Easter 2021.

The council, working closely with all partners, have put plans in place to support families in hardship over the coming week.

This includes those families whose children would normally receive free school meals as well as those who have found themselves facing financial challenge.

To ensure ‘no child goes hungry’ every area has a range of support and initiatives in place to support  families in need so that they can access emergency supplies such as food.

These arrangements have been coordinated and supported through local community resilience groups to help support the COVID response and recovery efforts.

The County Council has also been working closely with foodbanks and food initiatives across Cumbria to ensure support and essential supplies are in place for the foreseeable future, including half term.

Anybody in Cumbria, who is experiencing hardship can find a full list of groups and agencies who can provide support to them can be found in a local directory which can be found at

If you are a family in need of food please check your directory which has details of your nearest foodbank or food initiative.

The County Council is also now working with schools to ensure support is also in place for the upcoming Christmas period – again to ensure that families and children are supported during that time.