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India feeds 100 million children a day—so why can’t Britain have free school meals?

From Latin America to Japan, universal free school meals improve children's lives. It's time for the UK to follow suit

By Swati Narayan  

Indian children eat lunch together. Photo: PA

Every school day, India feeds 100 million children. This school lunch system is not only the largest in the world but also provides meals completely free.

Before the recent General Election in the United Kingdom, the Conservative manifesto fruitlessly set out to axe universal free school meals for infants—a move that would have affected over 900,000 children. By the time of the Queen’s Speech, the plan had been dropped.

Labour’s manifesto, meanwhile, committed to extending lunches to feed every primary school child. This begs the…

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