How supermarkets help during school holidays

Tesco donates food to charities and community groups, including Trussell Trust food banks. People can also use food sharing app, OLIOto find free food offered by Tesco.

Tesco will also accept free school meal vouchers. Many councils across the country give vouchers to eligible families. In Bath and North East Somerset, for example, families can get vouchers worth £15 a week for each child.


Asda has launched its Kids Eat for £1 offer at its cafes across the country. Children aged 16 and under can eat for just £1 at any supermarket cafe, seven days a week, with no minimum adult spend required. As part of the government’s household aid scheme, Asda has extended the offer to all of its UK cafes until the end of the year.

The supermarket has also launched its Essential Living Hub, where families can find advice and tips from a range of experts on budgeting and saving on your grocery bills. Asda also accepts free school meal vouchers.


From July 25, M&S will offer its Kids Eat Free offer in M&S cafes. For every £5 customers spend in the cafe, they will be entitled to a free “kids munch menu”.

This includes a hot breakfast and drink before 11:00 a.m., and a hot or cold lunch, snack and drink after 11:00 a.m. The offer previously ran for two weeks over the summer, but this year M&S has extended it for a third week. M&S also accepts free school meal vouchers.


During school holidays, children 16 and under can get a free meal with every adult meal at Morrisons cafes. The adult meal must be at least £4.99.

Every day from 3pm, Morrisons is reducing its daily special meal to £4.99, so a parent and child can be fed for less than £5. Morrisons accepts free school meal vouchers.


The John Lewis Partnership will donate £1million to local charities and organizations helping to support children from the UK’s lowest income families during the summer holidays. They will also donate £200,000 to the Trussell Trust.

Waitrose will accept free school meal vouchers this summer. The company is also partnering with Home-Start UK to train its network of 10,000 volunteers to help support families in areas such as cooking, sleeping and financial well-being.

A number of Waitrose stores will also offer customers the chance to donate Give A Little Love bags, which will contain healthy snacks, toiletries, nappies and other everyday essentials. The bags, priced up to £10, can be paid for at checkout and dropped off at any of the Give A Little Love food bank donation points in store. The bags are then collected by local food bank staff and distributed to families who need them most.


Sainsbury’s has announced its Feed your family for a five campaign, helping customers with budget meal ideas to feed a family of four for under £5. With recipes including chili con carne, beef skewers, and Thai green vegetable curry, there are plenty of tasty options your family will enjoy. Sainsbury’s accepts free school meal vouchers.


A number of Lidl items have been marked with Good to give notice that they can be donated to food banks. You can buy them as usual at the cashier and drop them off at the food donation points after the cashiers.

The supermarket has also launched a £500,000 community fund to support its network of 1,500 charities coordinated by the community platform Neighbourly. Network organizations can apply for funding to provide better services to the local communities they support over the summer.


Aldi will donate 700,000 meals during the summer holidays. Surplus food will go to local charities, food banks and community groups through Neighbourly. At least half of the donations will go to causes that support children,

Steve Butterworth, from Neighborly, said: ‘School holidays are often a time when demand from charities and food banks increases dramatically, particularly during the summer when children are at home for six weeks or more. . This surge in donations from Aldi will therefore be essential in helping these organizations support families during this time. »

And here’s our summer survival guide, which we’ll update regularly with new articles and tips to help your kids have a fun summer without breaking the bank.

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