On average there are approx 120 children in a year group, each school dinner costs £2.30 a day... so just for one year group the cost is in excess if £50k a year.
The government fund dinners for disadvantaged children however they do not help parents who earn over £16000 a year and in receipt of working tax credits (of which has dramatically changed recently also).
This therefore means parents can find them selfs struggling to make ends meet and find concern in ensuring their children have a good basic meal.
I would like to raise enough money to donate to a local school for atleast 1 year group to eat a healthy hot meal. As my campaign grows I would like to push further into funding a while school (but I’m picking my battles wisely) I would like to under promise and over deliver!
See below the government description of what currently happens;
The government will fund schools in England to provide every child in reception, year 1 and year 2 with a hot, nutritious meal at lunch time. The aim is to improve academic attainment and save families money – over the course of a year the average family spends £437 on school lunches per child.
Free school meals for children in the first 3 years of school began on 2 September 2014. View infographics showing the benefits of a healthy school lunch.
Universal free school meals for primary school pupils were a key recommendation in a recent review of school food produced independently for the Department for Education. The review found that, in pilots where all children have been given a free school dinner, students were academically months ahead of their peers elsewhere and more likely to eat vegetables at lunchtime instead of less healthy food like crisps.
Help me help children who on paper may not be disadvantaged but really still struggle