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 ...
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.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity (GSTC) has released a report examining opportunities in the school food system to prioritise nutritious food for young people.
The government has published a new consultation on introducing a total online advertising restriction for products high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS).