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marcus rashford by dmitry golubovichA petition to the government started by Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford has so far gathered more than 250,000 signatures.

To find out more about child poverty in London, read this report from the On London website.

Petition: End child food poverty – no child should be going hungry

Government should support vulnerable children & #endchildfoodpoverty by implementing 3 recommendations from the National Food Strategy to expand access to Free School Meals, provide meals & activities during holidays to stop holiday hunger & increase the value of and expand the Healthy Start scheme

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Covid-19 has been tough on us all but Government should ensure children don’t pay the price:

  • 14% of parents & 10% of children have experienced food insecurity over the last 6 months
  • 32% of families have lost income as a result of Covid-19
  • Demand for food banks this winter is predicted to be 61% higher than last.

With the Child Food Poverty Taskforce, I am calling for Government to allocate money to

  • Expand free school meals to all under-16s where a parent or guardian is in receipt of Universal Credit or equivalent benefit
  • Provide meals & activities during all holidays
  • Increase the value of Healthy Start vouchers to at least £4.25 per week, and expand the scheme.

These three recommendations must be implemented without delay to #endchildfoodpoverty.

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