Statement on the Government withdrawal of half term food support for children.


First published in January 2021.


The latest Government announcement – announced behind a paywall in The Times where those it would effect would not be able to afford to read it – states that they are withdrawing the half term food voucher support for children this February.  

Food support for Free School Meal pupils has been a hard fought battle throughout the last year of this pandemic, led by Marcus Rashford, and joined by dozens of supermarkets, charities, and campaigners, and hundreds and thousands of outraged voices.


When there is easy money to be found to pay BILLIONS to those with the privilege of connection and chumocracy, but claims there is no need to feed hungry and vulnerable children,   we cannot afford to not be angry about this.

And more pertinently, those who suffer – and it is suffering – at the behest of these Dickensian cruelties literally cannot afford for us not to be angry.

I am appealing directly to the Prime Minister now to reinstate the half term support immediately.  

U-turning on the food parcels one day does not give you a karmic license to take another avenue of support away the next.

Please, listen to the experts on this – the charities and people who have been working tirelessly to support those let down and left behind.  

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These are CHILDREN, Prime Minister.

Children who do not choose which postcode or social class they are born into. Children who deserve the opportunity to thrive, with full bellies to power their minds.  

Children who should have equality of opportunity to grow up and reach their full potential. Children who are our future key workers, teachers, refuse collectors, post workers, scientists, athletes, musicians.  

Please, please, just #FeedTheChildren.

Political differences and ideologies aside, we must unite to feed the children. It is a mark of basic decency how we treat the most vulnerable amongst us.  

We call ourselves a Christian country. I suggest you reread the book of Matthew, Chapter 25, verses 34-40.

Feed. The. Children.🔷




Jack Monroe, Award-winning food writer. Anti-poverty campaigner. She works with Oxfam, Trussell Trust, Child Poverty Action Group, Plan Zheroes, the Food Chain & many food banks, schools & children's centres.


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[This piece was first published as a Twitter post and turned into the above article on 15 January 2021 with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected, and published with the author’s consent. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.]

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