Students at Nescot are being given free meals for the first time from this month after a government scheme was amended.
An estimated 200 16 to 18-year-olds who meet financial criteria will be entitled to the meals, after an initiative for students of school sixth forms was extended to include those attending colleges.
“We’re really glad the scheme has been extended, and we hope all our eligible students take advantage of their offer of a free meal,” said Vicky Browne, Nescot’s Director of Tutoring.
The changes, announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in September last year following the publication of the School Food Plan, aim to improve academic attainment and save families money.
To qualify for a free meal, the student or their parent or guardian must meet criteria which includes being in receipt of Income Support, Income-Based Job Seekers’ Allowance or Income-Related Employment Support Allowance, as well as being in college for at least 3 hours on any given day.
Students who are eligible are then given vouchers each week which they can use in the refectory to pay for breakfast or lunch.
For full details of the scheme, and to apply, visit the Student Finance team in L13A in the Learning Resource Centre.