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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Food Fund guidance for local authorities

Guidance for local authorities on the Food Fund which will support those most in need including families with children who are eligible for free school meals, older people, those with long-term health conditions and pregnant women.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Food Fund guidance for local authorities

This guidance is to assist local authorities to provide support to those otherwise unable to access food as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic using resources from the Food Fund, announced on 18 March 2020. 

The guidance sets out background on key issues, people and communities at risk and the food funding package. It then provides guiding principles for putting responses in place and details reporting requirements. Annexes give further detail on individuals and communities at risk, community food infrastructure and public health advice.

Local authorities have flexibility in terms of how they choose to use the funding being provided – an initial £30m to support free school meal provision and people and communities at risk (non-shielded). This guidance is intended to support local partners in ensuring effective planning and delivery.