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Holiday hunger money.

Holiday hunger money.

A new £2m government fund for food and fun for poorer children over the summer has been hailed as a great first step to solving school holiday hunger.

But charities warn that, with an estimated three million UK children at risk of going hungry over the summer break, there is far more to be done.

Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi said the cash would fund a range of summer support for families in need.

Campaigner Frank Field MP said it was important to extend the programme.

The government estimates that the £2m will provide healthy meals and activities throughout the summer to about 30,000 under-18s in some of England's most disadvantaged areas, ranging from parts of Birmingham and London to Leicester and South Shields in South Tyneside.

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