Over a million children living in poverty in the UK are currently missing out on free school meals – either because they are not entitled or because they do not take up their right.
Filling the Gap explores why so many of our poorest children do not get free school meals. It examines the stigma attached to this entitlement, and focuses on the nutritional arguments underpinning the campaign to extend provision to children whose parents receive working families’ tax credit.
In April 2000 responsibility for the free school meals service passes to schools themselves, giving child poverty campaigners the opportunity to ensure that schools provide a nutritious and satisfying meal – and a service that does not stigmatise children. Filling the Gapprovides the facts, ﬁgures and arguments for all those campaigning on school meals issues.