Parliamentary Petition to #EndChildFoodPoverty
Marcus Rashford launches Parliamentary Petition asking for Government to support vulnerable children
Please sign the petition then forward to your friends and family so that they can sign too and together we can #EndChildFoodPoverty.
The petition calls on the Government to implement the three National Food Strategy policy recommendations without delay. These are:
Expansion of free school meals to every child from a household on Universal Credit or equivalent, reaching an additional 1.5million 7-16 year olds
Expansion of holiday provision (food and activities) to support all children on free school meals, reaching an additional 1.1million children
Increasing the value of the Healthy Start vouchers to £4.25 per week (from £3.10) and expanding into all those on Universal Credit or equivalent, reaching an additional 290,000 pregnant women and children under the age of 4 The National Food Strategy was written by Henry Dimbleby.
The #endchildfoodpoverty campaign is supported by the Child Food Poverty Task Force which was formed by Marcus Rashford, a further 20 charities and key names in the food industry.
The launch of this petition coincides with the release of data by the Food Foundation showing that 18% of 8-17 year olds (1.4 million children) reported experiences of food insecurity over the summer holidays, while 31% of parents of children on Free School Meals across the UK said they received no form of help over the summer holidays.
Hunger does not recognise school term dates, and it is past time for the Government to take action to ensure that no child goes hungry during the upcoming mid-term break, and Christmas holidays.
Remember! Please sign this petition then forward to your friends and family so that they can sign too and together we can #EndChildFoodPoverty.
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