Fair and square
Over two million UK school children live in poverty, yet
more than half of them are missing out on free school meals - and
700,000 are not entitled to free school meals at all
We know from our work on neglect that a healthy lunch improves
children's concentration and can have a positive impact on
classroom behaviour. And that for many children, school lunch is
the one square meal they get a day.
Free school meals provide vital financial support for low-income
families, but the planned introduction of Universal Credit means
that many of the current benefits used to assess who is entitled to
free school meals will be scrapped.
That's why we're supporting The Children's
Society's Fair and Square campaign, calling on the
Government to make sure that all children living in poverty can get
a free school meal.
Take your action: click here to sign the
Action for Children believes that children living in
poverty should be entitled to a free school meal. With your help,
we can make a difference