Children in the UK are still going hungry in 2017. We are focusing on two key policy issues to help make sure this becomes a thing of the past.

Holiday provision

As well as establishing holiday food and fun clubs around the country, at national level we are campaigning for national roll out of holiday food provision. We are gathering evidence on the importance of holiday provision, and are supporting the introduction of the School Holidays (Meals and Activities) Bill. This would give local authorities the legal duty, and the resources, to ensure that children at risk of hunger have access to free meals and activities during the school holidays. To find out how to help, see our Campaigns Page.

Free school meals

Free school meals make a huge difference to families, and we want to ensure that as many children as possible benefit from the support they are entitled to. By moving to automatic registration, where eligible children are identified and automatically signed up, rather than their parents having to apply individually, local authorities can dramatically increase take-up rates for free school meals. As well as providing a healthy meal each day at school for the child, this also ensures the school benefits from additional Pupil Premium funding to boost the life chances for children from deprived backgrounds.

Wirral Council adopted automatic registration for free school meals in 2016, a move which generated over £725,000 in Pupil Premium funding. We are working with other local authorities in our pilot areas to similarly set up automatic registration, and are also calling for changes to national policy to remove some of the barriers that currently make it difficult for local authorities to adopt this approach.