Several personalities are calling on the government to act to expand the distribution of free meals in public schools. A measure that already exists for 1.9 million children.
With our correspondent in London, Marie Boeda
” Sir. Prime Minister, I am writing to you to express my concern The singer Zayn Malik, former member of the band One Direction, this week sent a letter to Rishi Sunak.
He is asking him to expand access to free school meals, as 800,000 children currently in poverty do not benefit from it, according to the Food Fund, an organization that campaigns for food well-being. The singer recalls that he himself grew up thanks to this help.
And he’s not the only celebrity to warn the government. Chef Jamie Oliver has been struggling for years. He regularly posts healthy, inexpensive recipes on social media for his followers. In the midst of a pandemic, soccer player Markus Rashford had called on Boris Johnson to introduce the distribution of free meals even during school holidays.
” I have never seen anything like that”
Economic crisis after impoverishing many households, school children come to class hungry. And some have no hot meals all day. ” I have never seen anything like that, testifies the headmaster of a school in north Manchester, the increase in the price of food and energy forces households to make impossible choices between heating or eating “.
The Liberal Democrat spokeswoman is urging the Prime Minister to copy her Welsh and Scottish neighbors who have introduced universal free schools.
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