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Food in holidays for children.

Food in holidays for children.

Nearly 200 families, rather than the expected 40, turned up to a holiday club for a meal, an MP has said.

Ruth Smeeth, Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, was speaking in Parliament in a debate over free school dinners.

She said 191 families came to a community centre last summer on a day where there was only enough food for 40.

The Hungry for Change report  has found an increase in children who "can't rely on having enough to eat each day".

"The odds are stacked against low income households," it said.

    

It said the issue of free school dinner money claimed but not taken in primary, secondary and special school is widespread across England, and estimated the amount could be around £88.3 million. MPs have said this should be investigated

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