A group of celebrities and poverty experts have written a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson demanding action on the free school meals system which has “lurched from one crisis to another”.
Signed by Marcus Rashford, Jamie Oliver, Dame Emma Thompson, Tom Kerridge and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall as well as more than 40 charities and education leaders, the letter urges the Government to investigate the system’s impact on children to feed into the next Spending Review.
Disadvantaged children already disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 should not “continue to bear the brunt” of the pandemic, the letter said.
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“How our country’s most needy children are fed should be a top government priority,” Food Foundation executive director Anna Taylor said.
“School food has lurched from one crisis to another in the last few months. It’s time to help our children recover from the tragedy which this pandemic has inflicted.”