As the summer holidays approach, this government is falling short once again, letting down hungry children.
Its holiday activities and food programme, which was expanded last year under mounting public pressure, provides meals for 16 of the 30 days of the school holidays, leaving children who would be eligible for free school meals without food support for 14 days.
Northumberland Labour leader Scott Dickinson said: “Once again the government is falling short and failing children when they should be moving heaven and earth to support them.
“In Northumberland last year we saw well over 1,000 children fall into poverty because of the pandemic, many from families which have never had to ask for government help before.
“In an advanced country such as the UK, no child should be going hungry yet, once again, the government is not stepping up to the task of supporting families to keep children fed.
“We will be pressing the council’s leaders to drive this message home and doing everything we can to make sure children in Northumberland have the support they need over the summer holidays.”
You can see the government’s holiday activities and food programme at: