The UK government decided to extend the free school meal provision for children to ease the financial hardship caused by COVID-19 lockdown.
According to the news report, Scotland and Wales will continue this support throughout the summer holiday period. However, the government has said that the same will not be extended for school children of England and Northern Ireland.
The issue of serving the coronavirus-affected children was brought into the limelight by England and Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford. He led the campaign after the Department of Education originally said that they would not extend the free school meal program during the summer holidays.
The Infographic below highlights the figures from Food Foundation's Parliamentary Facts and Figures Briefing. The latest government data shows that 1.3 million children are eligible for free school meals in the UK. However, it is anticipated that the numbers may increase due to the economic impact of COVID-19 while extending the provision for the six-week summer break would also bring the cost to around £117 million (£15 per child, per week).
Infographic by: Statista