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‘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

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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 ...

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