Greater entitlement to free school meals would reduce stigma, shame and hunger

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IOE London blog by Rebecca O’Connell, Julia Brannen and Abigail Knight

For more than a century the UK government has provided free school meals (FSM) to children whose education might otherwise suffer. Today, rising food prices, reduced household incomes, particularly for families with children, and increasing conditionality of the welfare benefit system mean that school meals are a priority for children’s wellbeing, especially for the nearly 4 million children living in poverty. Recent research suggests that young people are not benefiting fully from this policy due to issues of eligibility, adequacy and delivery. Our ongoing study of 45 young people aged 11-15 years and their parents in low income households living in two disadvantaged UK study areas adds to this evidence.

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