Equality News Update: The Courier: School meals may be served during holidays to prevent children going hungry

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A lifeline could be thrown to hundreds of children whose lives are blighted by so-called holiday hunger.

If approved, lunches will be served at some Fife schools throughout the holidays, a time when low income families can struggle to put an additional meal on the table each day.

Fife Council’s administration proposes to set aside £400,000 in its budget for the coming year to trial the scheme.

It would see up to 700 meals served each day at 24 primary schools across the kingdom, starting in the Easter holidays and continuing through the summer, October and Christmas breaks.

Community and housing services convener Judy Hamilton said she hoped the initiative would win cross-party support.

She said: “All of our food banks are reporting that they are oversubscribed and this would relieve the pressure on families and on food banks.

“It’s a disgrace that people can’t afford to feed their families through no fault of their own.

“If there is anything we can do to help these families through the school holidays we should do it. It’s a long time to be away from support.”

The proposal will be voted upon when the council sets its budget for 2019/20 in February.

Mrs Hamilton said: “I’m fairly confident it will be supported. I think everybody, cross-party, can see the pressure families are under and that local government needs to step in to support them.”

Read more at: https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/818819/school-meals-may-be-served-during-holidays-to-prevent-children-going-hungry/

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