Today myself, Emma hardy and Diana Johnson have written to The Secretary of State for Education demanding he reverses his decision to withdraw funding for free school meals over the summer holidays as part of Labour’s ‘Holiday without Hunger’ campaign.
In East Hull, 3,514 children are at risk of going hungry this summer as the government withdraws support for the provision of free school meals. With the added pressure of the coronavirus crisis plunging families into deeper poverty and social distancing and added pressures raising questions on whether holiday lunch schemes may run, many families are rightly concerned about how they will afford food during the summer holidays.After continued pressure the government funded free school meals during the Easter and May half term holidays.
However, the government confirmed last week that the scheme will not be funded over the summer holidays.
This simply is not good enough from the Government.