School holidays leave three million children at risk of hunger, report says

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Cross-party group of MPs and peers cites evidence of children existing on diets of crisps when school canteens are shut.

By Patrick Butler, Social Policy Editor

Up to three million children risk going hungry during the school holidays, leaving them vulnerable to malnutrition and undermining their education and life chances, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has warned.

Its report cited evidence of children existing on holiday diets of crisps, hungry youngsters unable to take part in a football tournament because “their bodies simply gave up”, and others surviving on stodgy, unhealthy diets “bought to fill hungry stomachs”...

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