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Guarantee Free School Meals for children during the holidays

We the undersigned petition the council to GUARANTEE free school meal vouchers during the holidays, to ensure that NO child goes hungry.

Please sign this petition to ask Kent County Council to GUARANTEE free school meal vouchers during the holidays, to ensure that NO child goes hungry.

On Wednesday 21 October, Conservative MPS voted against a Labour call to make free meals available for children - for those already eligible in term time - during holidays, for the next six months.
Tragically, 16.8% of children (51,145 children) in Kent are living in relative low income families, this has increased by 32.8% over the last 5 years (+12,622 children) and the impact of Covid-19 is likely to have made this even worse.

Kent County Council has so far offered vouchers to those that make contact with them via the website or telephone. This is a massive step in the right direction, but unfortunately this does not go far enough, as parents may not make contact for a number of reasons.
The only way to GUARANTEE we do not have children going hungry is by issuing the vouchers to ALL those that currently receive free school meals, regardless of whether the parents make contact.

We should be leading from the front and setting an example to the rest of the country by ensuring that no child goes hungry.

Please sign this petition to ask Kent County Council to act before the Christmas holidays arrive.

This ePetition runs from 27/10/2020 to 06/12/2020.

84 people have signed this ePetition.