Children eligible for free school meals in West Norfolk will get them over the Christmas and February half-term holidays.
They will be paid for by the Government as part of £6.7m it has given the county council to help those most in need.
The money is part of a one-off scheme to help those suffering hardship in the time between the end of furlough and the Universal Credit top up.
Some of the money will also provide emergency help for food and other support for those who most need it.
County council leader Andrew Proctor said: “Our economy is gradually recovering from the pandemic, but we know that some of our residents are continuing to face financial difficulties. This one-off package will help those most in need to access food and funds over the winter months including help with energy and water costs.
“Building on the strong partnerships established across Norfolk, we are working alongside the district councils, the voluntary sector and schools to make sure we can, between us, reach those who need this support the most. I hope this will provide some help over the Christmas period – a time which can be especially difficult for those facing financial hardship.”