Leaders representing doctors, nurses, dieticians, support staff and medical students have joined the chorus of teachers and poverty campaigners supporting the Feed the Future campaign.

They are demanding that free school meals be immediately offered to the 800,000 children going hungry.

In a letter [published 3rd November] to the Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, and the Secretary of State for Education, Gillian Keegan, they urge action to protect children’s health as the nation faces its worst cost of living crisis for generations.

The group which includes Dr Adam Kay, Dr Alex George and Dr Chris van Tulleken, say: 

‘Every day, healthcare professionals see the impact of hunger and malnutrition in their work.’

  They highlight the 800,000 children in families already identified as requiring Universal Credit to survive, who are still not getting access to free school meals.

 ‘Many of these children have to skip lunch completely or rely on cheap, unhealthy food that is damaging to their long-term health.’

 ‘We urge the UK Government to act now to protect the health of the nation’s children by expanding the Free School Meals scheme to all children in desperate need to guarantee them a hot, nutritious meal at school, for their health, the economy and the NHS.’

 ‘We believe all children in England should be guaranteed access to the food they need to lead healthy lives.’

If you agree please support the Feed the Future campaign and write to your MP .