Free school meals: nurses cannot remain silent on child food poverty

We see the impact a lack of food has on the poorest families. It’s time to make our voices heard

We see on a daily basis the impact that a lack of healthy food can have on the poorest families. It’s time we made our voices heard

Nurses and health visitors see first-hand the impact food poverty has on the people they serve – including our most vulnerable – in their daily work with families.

It is truly commendable that local businesses and community organisations have offered to step in where the government has recently chosen to decline vulnerable children the opportunity for free school meals in the holidays .

Providing a lifeline of nutritious food to those in poverty

However, the offer from local businesses and community groups does not provide universal coverage, is unsustainable and


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