Legal action to feed children over summer holidays
What a sad day when NGOs have to take legal action in order to ensure that children are well fed during the summer holidays.
Since schools closed on 20 March, we have lacked clear and timely guidance from DFE on the provision of free school meals. This has left schools to navigate complicated funding arrangements and the complexities of the voucher scheme, and parents from low income households to wonder whether they can afford to feed their children.
It's clear that the need for support continues throughout the school holidays with families struggling with financial insecurity owing to job losses and ill health so we do not understand why the government this week announced that there was no plan to extend the national voucher scheme to cover the summer holidays.
So today our friends at Sustain with the Good Law Project have warned the government that it will face legal proceedings if it fails to provide free school meals over the summer holidays. There are three ways you can support this action:
- Tell us your story - if you have identified need amongst families at your school please let us know the scale of the problem so that we can gather witness statements
- Please help to promote the crowdfunding towards the legal costs
- Support the public call for action to Boris Johnson: Christina's petition has hit 180,000 signatures and you can add yours here, then ask your friends and family to do the same.
You can read more about the action here.
In other news ...
We have received a response from our letter to Vicky Ford, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families.
A campaign victory. The Government has announced it will continue to fund free school meals over the summer holidays.
School Food Matters is proud to sign a letter urgently seeking clarity on the status of the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme, which has been suspended since March 2020.