Free school meals summer scheme overwhelmed by demand

Third Force News are reporting that schools in two of the most deprived areas of Glasgow which stayed open to feed children during the school holidays have been overwhelmed by demand.

Dalmarnock and Ibrox primaries reported up to 60% more families than they had capacity for asked to be part of the free summer holiday clubs.

The clubs were launched to combat food poverty in their communities and provide activities for families struggling with the costs associated with the break.

Children in Scotland, the charity behind the Food, Families, Futures (FFF) programme, said the extra families that turned up were placed on a waiting list and accommodated where possible but resources and health and safety reasons meant in the most part the schools had to stick to their agreed numbers.

Jackie Brock, chief executive of the charity, said the demand proved the need for the scheme and urged more schools to stay open during the holidays.

“For some families, particularly those who receive free school meals, the school holidays can be a struggle,” she said.

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