The Herald Scotland is reporting that a council in Scotland is serving thousands of free dinners to children over the summer holidays.
North Ayrshire Council hopes the scheme will help deprived youngsters who are entitled to free school meals during term-time.
This is the first time a Scottish council has made a move on this scale to try to help families on low incomes over the school holidays…
Children in Scotland, the umbrella body for groups working in the children’s sector, warned at the weekend that more needed to be done to help families during the six week summer break after research found that four in 10 parents in low-income households will skip meals so that they can feed their children instead. Three quarters of parents earning less than £15,000 said they struggled to feed their children during the holidays.
Across Scotland more than 250,000 children – including all children in P1-3 – are entitled to free school dinners, raising questions about how many of these youngsters continue to receive hot and nutritious food when they are not at school.
North Ayrshire Council has responded to the concerns by becoming the first to open 10 primary schools most days during the holidays for out of school activities. Children from 24 schools are eligible to attend.
The service will provide free meals to children who would normally get them free during term time, with other children paying £2 for a meal.
The scheme is open to all children and will also help ease the burden of childcare for working parents, but also provide pupils with a chance to play with their friends and take part in other holiday activities…
This sounds a really good idea – especially, perhaps, making the meals available to all children for a small charge.
What do you think? Anyone in England doing the same? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…
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