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