Low Take-up of Free Meals Continues
Almost a quarter of a million children registered for free school meals are not receiving them. Figures from January 2013 indicate 1.3 million pupils registered for free school meals; a key measure of UK poverty. Of these, only 82.7% actually took up the dinners, meaning many school children were not eating the free meals for which they were registered.
The Children’s Food Trust is calling for action to ensure poor children do not miss out on nutritious food during the school day.