Proposal for free school meals

The Green Party is seeking to introduce free school meals for all children in P1 –P3.

Green Party leader and North Down candidate Steven Agnew said,

“A hungry child can’t learn effectively and so the Green Party would like to see all children in P1 –P3 receive free nutritious school meals.

“In-work poverty is a reality for many families and this policy would ensure that children would be able to avail of a decent lunch.

“Inescapable costs such as uniforms contribute to financial pressures, leading to choices between heating and eating.

“This is unacceptable. By applying the policy equally to all children, the stigma of receiving free school meals would be lessened. No child would fall between a gap in the system as there would be no gap.”

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