1,000 Wokingham children missing free school meals
March 15, 2013
Up to 1,000 children in Wokingham are missing out on free school meals, according to a new report.
The Children’s Society claims 54 per cent of children living in poverty in the borough are not getting a free hot meal at school every day.
The charity’s Fair and Square petition aims to force the Government to make free schools meals available to all children in poverty, not just those on benefits. Data published last month by End Child Poverty revealed nine per cent of children in the borough lived in poverty.
However, John Ferguson, manager of Wokingham’s Citizen’s Advice Bureau, said the survey did not give a true picture of the levels of deprivation in some pockets of town.