School meals during Lockdown 3

7 January 2021
On Monday the PM stated "We will provide extra support to ensure that pupils entitled to free school meals will continue to receive them while schools are closed".

School food campaigners were so encouraged by the Prime Minister's reference to free school meals during his address to the nation. This was followed by the Secretary of State for Education's statement in the house that extra funding would be available to support schools to provide food parcels or hot meals, and a national voucher scheme where a local solution is not possible. But schools and local authorities, and indeed, catering teams are all still waiting for guidance so that they can prepare appropriately for the long weeks ahead.

That's why, with our campaign partners, we've written to the DFE to ask for clarification. You can read our letter below.  Fingers crossed for a speedy response.