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Free school meals: Behind the long-term effects of child hunger

Hunger, mental health issues, and susceptibility to chronic illnesses are just some of the consequences of an insufficient diet

By Regina Keith  

The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on household food security in the UK. Five million families have encountered food insecurity, and 200,000 children are missing meals every day.

Despite a campaign led by Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford, the UK government has voted against extending free school meals to children during the autumn half-term holiday and future holidays until Easter 2021. Rashford…

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