‘It gives them a bit of security and a meal a day’
How one council is tackling hunger head-on by expanding a holiday club to ensure disadvantaged children get nutritious food every day of the year. By Emma Seith
It is an audacious attempt to wipe out child hunger in one council area, and thought to be a UK first: as of April 2019, North Lanarkshire Council plans to deliver free meals for schoolchildren every day of the year, including weekends and Christmas Day.
This summer – having piloted the scheme over the Easter holidays at four venues – the council is taking the next step towards that goal, by offering a holiday club that includes a free meal at nine venues in Coatbridge, Bellshill and Wishaw.
Early figures show that this expansion of the scheme, called Club 365, has resulted in participation ...