Posted: 09 June 2013

'Making sure every child in poverty gets a free school meal is the right thing to do'

Actress and singer Kym Lomas is one of the celebrities who have voiced support for our Fair and Square campaign. Please read her story, which is related to today's coverage in Sunday People, and join our campaign today.

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Kym's story

I’m a mum to three children and I know just how important it is that they get regular square meals. So I couldn’t be happier that Sunday People and The Children’s Society are championing this campaign. It really shocks me that in 2013, there are over a million children in poverty that don’t get a free school meal.

Before my music career, I was a struggling single mum, looking after two small children and trying to do the best for my family. I used to struggle to pay the bills and at times it was even difficult to keep the house warm.  

I know that for me and my kids, having had free school meals would have been a massive help. It would have given me one less thing to worry about, and would have meant my money went further at home to pay for other essentials for the family.

I was lucky that I got a break, but it could easily have been very different. Those early family days were really tough time for me. And there are millions of families up and down the country who are going through the same thing today.

For a lot of these families, if they didn’t get free school meals, their kids might miss out on a proper lunch. That’s not good for their health or education, and all parents know the effect that could have on their behaviour. 

It just doesn’t seem right that there are hard working parents on a low wage, struggling to do the best for their family, who don’t get free school meals. They are earning so little, are still in poverty, yet are missing out. 

We may be going through tough financial times, but it just doesn’t seem fair that working families have to worry so much about whether their children can get a decent meal during the school day. And without proper food at lunch time, how can we expect these children to learn?

At a time when the vast, vast majority of parents are doing their best, but still finding it hard, the government has a chance to help hundreds of thousands of families across the country. Making this change, and making sure every child in poverty gets a free school meal, is the right thing to do.

 

Our partnership with Sunday People

The Sunday People newspaper has shown its support for free school meals and will be highlighting the stories of families who really need free school meals, but are currently missing out.

With Kym and Sunday People supporting the campaign, momentum is really growing. Please join our campaign today. 

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