What would free school meals do for Herefordshire?
We have food banks and community larders across the county working to support people struggling to make ends meet. Most say that supply is outstripping demand right now.
What if they could bank on every primary school child having a great meal every day?
100 civil leaders, including Sustain, are calling for this with a petition that you can sign too.
The Herefordshire Food Alliance are also working to make sure that those school meals would also be sourced locally and sustainably with an ambitious regional food hub project.
"Teachers and support staff see the difference a healthy school dinner makes. When children are hungry, they can’t learn. It’s hard for them to concentrate and harder for them to reach their potential. Free School Meals for all would mean every child can learn and succeed.
For the first three years of school, every child in England gets a hot dinner – and no child under seven wants for food while they're at school.
But from Year 3 on, millions of children as young as 7 miss out on a healthy meal at school.
In 2020, Scotland pledged to extend Free School Meals for every child in primary education. This year, Wales said they’ll do the same. It is time for England to catch up.
Providing a Free School Meal for every child in primary school will ensure all children can flourish and no child is left behind."