North Lanarkshire plans to cure ‘holiday hunger’

Policy to provide meals for poor children year-round could also boost attainment

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One of Scotland’s biggest councils, North Lanarkshire, has been garnering publicity for its bold aim of providing meals to poor children 365 days a year. But what is the council taking on – and how much of a difference is it likely to make?

What exactly is North Lanarkshire proposing?

It has agreed to a pilot project providing free meals on the 175 days each year when pupils are not at school – weekends and school holidays – to address “holiday hunger”.

If successful, this could be rolled out across the entire local authority in time for the summer holidays. It is believed that no other UK ...

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