Free School Meals: Academic Year

Department for Education written question – answered at on 8 September 2023.

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Photo of Stephanie Peacock Stephanie Peacock Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he Department is taking steps to support families on low incomes through provision of nutritious meals for children over school holidays.

Photo of David Johnston David Johnston The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The department is aware school holidays can be particular pressure points for some families because of increased costs, such as food and childcare, and reduced incomes.

This year, the government in England is again investing over £200 million in the Holiday Activities and Food programme, with all local authorities delivering in the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays. The programme provides heathy meals, enriching activities, and free childcare places to children from low-income families, benefiting their health, wellbeing and learning. Last summer, the programme reached around 600,000 children across England, including over 475,000 children eligible for free school meals across England.

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