Action urged on school holiday hunger

Too many children miss out on meals in the school holidays, says the report.

 

Going hungry in the school holidays is a growing problem for up to three million UK children, MPs and peers say.

 

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger warns too many children have to survive on crisps and energy drinks when school kitchens are closed.

 

One group had to drop out of a summer football scheme because they had not eaten a meal in days, its report says.

 

The Department for Work and Pensions says it is committed to tackling child poverty and disadvantage.

 

According to the report, children at risk of holiday hunger include an estimated:

 

  • One million growing up in poverty who receive free school meals during term time
  • Two million whose parents are on low wages but do not qualify for free school meals

 

For both groups, school holidays place extra burdens on family budgets in terms of food, fuel, activities and childcare.

 

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