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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-02046: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 25 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the provision of school meals during school holidays.

Answered by: John Swinney 2 May 2018

No child should be going hungry, that is why the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan, published in March, sets out action to achieve our ambition to end child poverty. Within the range of actions to increase household incomes and reduce costs, we have included actions to improve children’s lives in the short term.

We have committed to new practical support for children experiencing food insecurity during school holidays, backed by funding of £1 million over the next two years. This is in addition to our £20 million Empowering Communities Fund and £1 million Fair Food Fund that support community organisations, many of which help families to access food throughout the year. Some of these projects focus on food and activity programmes during school holiday periods.

Our £750 million Attainment Challenge Fund provides additional funding for schools and local authorities to support children and young people most in need. That support can also be accessed to help deliver meals and activities during school holiday periods.