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  • Half of all school-age children living in poverty aren't getting free school meals.

  • These 1.2 million children may not be eating a single nutritious meal all day.

  • Join our call on government to get our poorest children the food they need to grow and thrive.

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Fair and Square: a free school meal for every child in poverty, including those in working families.

Free school meals are vital for families in poverty and make sure children from the lowest income households get at least one nutritious meal every day. But currently, around 700,000 children in poverty in England are not entitled to receive FSM, normally because they're in low income working families.

The introduction of the new benefit system, Universal Credit, from October 2013, is a watershed moment for free school meals. This is a real opportunity to make a change that's fair for everyone, and extend free school meals to all families in poverty.

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