Free school meal providers across the UK are featured in a new interactive map as campaigners continue to call on the government to do more to support vulnerable children and families.
The map features over 1,200 different organisations, including pubs, cafes, councils and food banks, who have all pledged to step in and provide food to vulnerable children after MPs rejected calls to extend the free school meals programme.
“I heard a couple of days ago that going in to the debate the feeling was that the British public wouldn’t care about the issue of child hunger a second time around,” wrote Marcus Rashford, who has been spearheading the campaign with his Child Food Poverty Taskforce. “Boy did you prove that theory wrong…”
The Child Food Poverty Taskforce proposals were voted down in Parliament on October 21, leading to an outpouring of support from cafes, restaurants and businesses. Rashford shared many with his 3.4 million Twitter followers, inspiring a collective of digital and social media experts called TechForUK to add the providers to a map.
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Alison Killing, an architect and urban designer who is one of the central figures in TechForUK, said: “It’s just about getting the information from the people who are offering it to the people who are needing it.