On 14 January 2021, we sent a letter to Boris Johnson MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and Gavin Williamson CBE MP, Secretary of State for Education, joining Marcus Rashford MBE, Jamie Oliver MBE, Dame Emma Thompson, Tom Kerridge, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, charities and campaigners to express our concern over the Free School Meals policy.
We encourage the UK Government to undertake an urgent comprehensive review of Free School Meal policy to reform the system for the longer term.
It is only by working together that we can end child food poverty.
The process will require collaboration from politicians in all the devolved nations with responsibility for school food in their regions, and must involve close consultation with children and young people, as well as teachers, charities, NGOs, frontline catering staff and school meals service providers.
We are ready and willing to support the UK Government to uphold its international human rights obligations and ensure enjoyment of economic and social rights, which include the right to health, education and food.
Adequate nutritious food is essential in supporting the health and learning of our most disadvantaged children.
For more information on our work on the right to food or the Free School Meals policy, contact our Campaigns and Advocacy Lead, Misha Nayak-Oliver.