Let's continue to support children through the school holidays
We continue on our quest to keep DfE informed about the support families need during school closures. With Children's Food Campaign, we've written to Gavin Williamson to ask for help for families during the school holidays.
The letter which you can read here is signed by 23 organisations calling for additional funding to cover all the holiday periods until the end of August. This comes after the Food Foundation indicated that an estimated 5.1 million households with children had already experienced some form of hunger or food insecurity during the first four weeks of lockdown.
The Welsh government has confirmed that it will provide funding to cover school holidays until 31 August so let's hope that DfE follows this lead.
Stay up to date with announcements on feeding children during school closures here.
In other news ...
The government has released details of its Covid Winter Grant Scheme, showing how the £170 million scheme will be administered.
Henry Dimbleby has produced a roundup of the evidence and insights behind the three recommendations in the National Food Strategy.
Such good news! Government has positively responded to two of our three asks from the National Food Strategy and announced nearly £400m support for families and their children during the school holidays and a boost to Healthy Start.