Let's make Christmas happy for every child
With 30 campaign partners we've sent another letter to the Department for Education urging them to step up and not leave charities, restaurants and concerned citizens to fill the hunger gap this Christmas.
In our letter we recommend that a top-up grant be distributed via local authorities (or directly to schools and academy trusts) to cover the Christmas holiday period and beyond to Easter 2021, if England is to follow the lead of the devolved nations. This grant would be allocated according to free school meal registration and the funds could then be converted into food hampers, supermarket vouchers or cash support payments for families.
In other news ...
Sub-standard food parcels revealed on social media have led to calls for an urgent review of school food policy across the UK.
We're warmly welcoming the guidance on providing school meals during lockdown as there's help available to ensure that free school meal children don't go hungry this lockdown.
This week saw us restart our breakfast box scheme supporting families at risk of food insecurity in Lambeth and Southwark during school closure, designed in partnership with Impact on Urban Health.