General Article Poor children returning to school ‘malnourished’ following increase in ‘school holiday hunger’

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Around a third of children in the UK qualify for free school meals during term-time, but poorer families are increasingly struggling to feed them during holidays say teachers.

By Rachael Pells

The number of poor children going hungry during the school holidays is increasing to “heart-breaking” levels, teachers across the country have warned.

As many as four in five staff (80 per cent) reported a rise in ‘holiday hunger’ over the past two years, with parents of children who qualify for free school meals (FSM) during term-time struggling to find the money to fund extra meals during school holidays.


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