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Derby children to have free school meals provision expanded thanks to Lib Dem win

November 25, 2020 9:38 PM
Cllrs Ajit Singh Atwal, Danielle Lind and Joe Naitta distributing food to Derby families during half term

Cllrs Ajit Singh Atwal, Danielle Lind and Joe Naitta distributing food to Derby families during Oct half term

Cllr Danielle Lind and Derby Liberal Democrats were delighted that their motion passed today, calling to make Free School Meals provision available to all families in need year-round, rather than just during school terms.

Responding to this, Cllr Lind said: "The coronavirus lockdowns this year have highlighted the real inequality in our country. It should be a given that no child goes hungry. I'm shocked that it's taken a pandemic and national lockdown to force action on this vital issue, and shocked that the Conservatives still aren't prepared to take this issue seriously. Why can the Conservatives not understand that all children need food?

"I am proud of the work my colleague Cllr Ajit Atwal and Derby Lib Dems did with local schools and local businesses to identify families in need and distribute 2,700 free meals over the October half term. But this problem is too big to be left to kind-hearted volunteers. Every year vulnerable families worry about school breaks and how they'll find the extra £30-40 a week to feed their children. Why is it OK for this government to let poor children go hungry, so when the children return to school they're too hungry to learn?

"There is much work still to do to ensure hungry children are fed but I'm delighted that, thanks to Lib Dem efforts, we're taking the first step to ensure no Derby children go hungry."