I am sure that you will have seen that nationally there has been a lot of criticism about the standard of the food parcels provided for those of you entitled to them.  We were also not happy with what was provided and expressed this to Educaterers, although to be fair they did follow the Department for Education’s suggested list of items.  Our preference from the start of this lockdown has always been to revert to the Co-op card scheme which worked so well previously but schools were directed that we must use the food parcel scheme.

I am very pleased to announce that we do now have permission to begin using the Co-op card scheme rather than food parcels.  We have ordered new cards for all families eligible for benefits-related free school meals who aren’t in school and hope that they will be with us, ready to distribute by early next week.  When they have been activated, we will contact you and ask you to come to collect your card from school.  Each card will be charged with 4 weeks’ worth of money (£60) which will last until February half term.  Please keep this card safe as we will re-charge it with future payments for as long as we need to use the scheme.  If you lose it there will be a charge for replacement.

The funding is to purchase food to provide meals for your child(ren) so cannot be used for the following:

  • Tobacco/vaping
  • Alcohol
  • Energy drinks
  • Charging gas or electricity
  • Topping up mobile phone credit
  • Lottery

Please note that you cannot exchange any of the credit on the card for cash.

The card may only be used in the ‘big’ Co-op in Shipston.  Although some of you may live nearer other Co-ops, each operates as their own entity and cards are not exchangeable across stores.