Thanks to the campaign led by footballer Marcus Rashford, the Government agreed to provide a ‘Covid Summer Food Fund’ - meaning children who are usually eligible for benefits-related free school meals could claim vouchers to cover the six-week summer holiday period.
But this is not a new problem. Every year, vulnerable families worry about the approaching summer break, when they will need to find an extra £30-£40 per week to buy the meals usually provided at school.
It is an absolute travesty for children to go hungry, on any day of the year. The absence of any support equivalent to free school meals in the holidays is a long overlooked anomaly, and now families face the threat of future lockdowns too.
You can sign our petitions to either BCP or Dorset councils calling on them to step in where their Westminster colleagues have failed and to help us protect vulnerable children by clicking here for Dorset and clicking here for BCP