Thursday, 7 January 2010

The cost of free meals

I was shocked to read recently that almost 14% of Scottish children live in homes where no-one is earning a wage. In Glasgow that figure rose to 24.5% (that’s almost one child in four). This is only to get worse as the credit crunch continues. So at a time of great need, why is the Scottish Government proposing to dump the deal to provide free school meals to every 5 -7 year old?

Food in the stomachs of young children through free school meals removes stigma, improves health and there is plenty of evidence that links healthy balanced meals with educational achievement. Food for our children’s minds and bodies is surely what we’d want to spend our money on.

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