24 Oct '14

News Ministers told to act over holiday hunger of schoolchildren

Poor fall behind after term ends, says Leon cofounder amid reports of children taking months to return to healthThe founder of the Leon restaurant chain and co-architect of the governments school food programme has urged ministers to tackle holiday hunger faced by hundreds of thousands of children from low-income families who struggle to eat healthily outside term time.John Vincent said children living in poverty dropped further behind their better-off peers when schools closed and they had no access to free school meals, and they were often physically and mentally unprepared for learning when they returned. In a Guardian interview, Vincent said: Theres enough anecdotal evidence to say that some children come back to school less well nourished and generally in less good shape [than when they left], and they go backwards academically. Continue reading...

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