Education unions have reportedly written to the Chancellor and the Secretary of Education calling for free school meals to be provided to all children from families receiving universal credit in England.
In a letter seen by the BBC, unions and organizations claiming to represent one million school staff called for an “urgent” expansion of the scheme amid the cost of living crisis.
He said vulnerable children who did not receive meals faced a “real barrier to learning”.
“We see the devastating reality of children coming to school without being able to afford to buy lunch, because their family circumstances make them fall outside the restrictive eligibility criteria for free school meals,” the letter said.
A government spokesman told the station: “We recognize that millions of households in the UK are struggling to raise their income to cover the rising cost of living, so in addition to the more than £ 22 billion announced previously, we offer over £ 15 million in additional support, aimed especially at those most in need.
“Holiday activities and the feeding program take place during the main school holidays, and there is more comprehensive care support available through the home support fund, which helps vulnerable families in need with things such as food and utility bills. “