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Citizens UK response to government decision to support free school meals over summer holidays

On June 16, 2020 the government announced that they will provide about 1.3 million school children with school meal vouchers. This is off the back of a significant amount of work from the part of Citizens UK and our incredible leaders up and down the country, as well as a very high profile letter from Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford.

Sheila Bamber, a Citizens UK leader from Tyne & Wear, said: "The government’s decision to support families with free school meals over the summer is much welcomed. We are really thankful to Marcus Rashford for helping to shine a light on this cause. However we still need to see how families with no recourse to public funds fit into this. While this is a great step, we have to remember that hunger doesn’t end after this summer. It is every holiday, every year. We need a long term fix to ensure that no child is left hungry – and schools are ready to work with the government to alleviate child poverty all year round."

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