Food Poverty: Children

Department for Education written question – answered on 6th September 2019.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to respond to the recommendations of the Children’s Right2Food Charter.

Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he will respond to the Children’s Future Food inquiry.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

All children should be able to access healthy and nutritious food at home and at school. This is an essential part of building a country that works for everyone, and in which every child and young person can reach their potential.

We are supporting around 1.1 million of the most disadvantaged children through free school meals, saving families approximately £400 a year.

We invested in a £9 million holiday activities and food programme in summer 2019, and up to £26 million in a breakfast clubs programme.

We are continuing to reflect on the report and its recommendations and will set out our response in the autumn.

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