Supporting public sector organisations with value disbursement

Blackhawk Network are here to help with the disbursement of free school meals. We are specialists in innovative payment solutions to meet our clients' objectives, ranging from extending reach, building loyalty and disbursing value to those in need.

Payments For Good

With over 40 years of experience in delivering customer engagement in every sector, we’re proud to have the trust of over 10,000 UK clients. In 2020 alone, we distributed over £90m in funds to emergency aid causes in the UK and over $250m globally. We’re honoured to have supported over 2,000 UK schools, local authorities, and charities stretch budgets further thanks to our scalability.

We are committed to caring for those in need, which is why we created Payments for Good - our specialist division enables public and third sector organisations to quickly and easily distribute funds to low-income households, vulnerable people and families.

We offer digital codes, gift cards, prepaid cards, and hardship aids via our easy-to-use platforms. These payment aids make a wide variety of essential items and services more accessible – from free school meals, groceries, clothing, and fuel, to grant payments.

Introducing Select, your digital voucher platform

Select is an end-to-platform with something for everyone and allows you to customise as much or as little as you want. We have extensive partnerships with leading brands, from supermarkets to technology providers- offering ultimate choice. Through Select, there are over 80 gift cards and eGifts to choose from, providing access to over 130 retailers.

Our food and school meals vouchers have been provided in this way, as recipients then make sure they use the money on goods they need – rather than cash payments getting lost in overdraft fees.

Food and shopping vouchers we’ve sent to households this year include:  

  • Morrisons food vouchers
  • Tesco food vouchers
  • Sainsburys food vouchers
  • Aldi food vouchers
  • Asda food vouchers
  • Multi-retail shopping vouchers for other everyday essentials

The process is simple: A unique Select code of your chosen value is sent to each of your recipients, who then swap this for their choice of retailer gift card or eGift, at a time when it matters most.
Select is a versatile solution that can also be utilised to increase employee satisfaction and boost productivity within your business by providing rewards that give your employees the power to decide how or where they spend it.

Client testimonials

Admissions Manager & Free School Meals Lead, Devon County Council.
“We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Blackhawk Network to anyone looking for a voucher solution in the future.”

Head of Charity Services, Licenced Trade Charity
“Turnaround time to bring the project to fruition was amazing — 1 week! Every member of the team that we dealt with was professional, knowledgeable and calm. It was a big project for us to undertake, but the high standard of service we received really helped the project to be successful. We wouldn’t have been able to pull it off without the support of Blackhawk Network.”

Head of Policy, Harrow Council.
“We engaged with Blackhawk Network very late in the day to get support in providing Select Essentials codes to families through the Covid Winter Grants funding. The support they provided was excellent. The process of getting signed up was very simple and the talk through around how to order and issue the codes made the process run smoothly. They excelled in the speed with which they were able to provide the codes in order for us to send letters out to over 12,000 recipients ahead of Christmas.”
Policy Officer, Bracknell Forest Council.
“We began working with Blackhawk Network in early December as part of rolling out the funding under the Governments Winter Grant Scheme. The team were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable to guide us through the process and make sure everything would run as smoothly as possible. This ensured we had the scheme up and running very quickly and that families received much needed financial support over the Christmas holiday. We look forward to continuing to work with the team at Blackhawk Network.”

Blackhawk Network is a named supplier on Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS), we are authorised to assist government departments, local authorities and schools with financial distributions, through the Voucher Schemes framework.

You can make a positive difference

Are you looking for hardship fund, grant or aid disbursement support? Get in touch with us today.

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