The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that from September 2023, all primary school children in London will receive free school meals for the next school year.
According to the Mayor of London’s Assembly website , recognising that families are in urgent need of support, Sadiq Khan will provide the funding as an emergency cost of living support measure and ensure that every primary school child in London will get at least one hot, nutritious meal a day during the next academic year 2023-2024.
The introduction of universal free school meals for the 2023/24 academic year could save families around £440 per child and builds on the Mayor’s existing work helping families to cope during the cost of living crisis.
According to The Food Foundation , one in four households with children have experienced food insecurity between September and October 2022, something that affected an estimated four million children in the UK.
The Food Foundation has said that 270,000 pupils will benefit from this decision.