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Indian child poverty charity offers free school meals in England

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GagaJo Wed 28-Oct-20 10:24:42

A charity that feeds millions of poor children in India has joined the drive to end holiday hunger in England and distributed its first meals from a new kitchen in Watford.

Hot vegetarian dishes cooked for less than £2 each using a model developed to feed the hungry in cities such as Mumbai and Ahmedabad were dispatched to a school in north London on Tuesday amid growing pressure on the government to reverse its decision not to fund free school meals this half-term.

biba70 Wed 28-Oct-20 10:26:50


speechless + tears

GagaJo Wed 28-Oct-20 10:33:48

Proper meals too. Healthy.

Grany Wed 28-Oct-20 10:37:26

I hope this happens too

Boris Johnson’s food tsar said last night that the government had a “moral obligation” to stop disadvantaged children going hungry as he announced plans for a £1.2 billion programme to help those most in need.
Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of the Leon restaurant chain and the government’s adviser on food strategy, has sent Downing Street a four-point plan to tackle child hunger and urged ministers to “set aside ideology”.
The proposals include a holiday activity and food programme costing £500 million a year, a £100 million healthy food voucher scheme and a £670 million extension of the free school meals programme.
Mr Dimbleby said in an interview with The Times that the government had “walked into a massive bear trap” over whether to provide free school meals during holidays and needed an “authentic and proportional” response.
He said that the issue, which has been championed by Marcus Rashford, the Manchester United and England footballer, had had “real cut through” with the public. He said one Tory told him that it looked as if MPs had “taken food from children’s plates and are eating it”.
He said: “There is a genuine problem with food poverty that has been massively exacerbated by this [coronavirus] crisis. We have a moral obligation to set aside questions of ideology. If we can’t solve this who are we? I don’t understand why they [the government] haven’t owned this. Their mission is to level up. Clearly there was a massive bear trap that they walked straight into. It has cut through to a wide proportion of the population who ask why when you’re spending all this money are you letting children go hungry

GagaJo Wed 28-Oct-20 10:45:17

EXACTLY this Grany, MPs had “taken food from children’s plates and are eating it”.

Doodledog Wed 28-Oct-20 10:56:14

Walked into a trap??

Who are they trying to blame for 'trapping' them? Yes, they have been exposed as heartless hypocrites, even to many of their supporters, but that is not the same as being 'trapped', with its implications of nefarious practice and subterfuge.

EllanVannin Wed 28-Oct-20 11:14:55

They want to throw some up here in the NW which suffers greatly with everything which is why we've got the highest infections in the country ! This is the legacy that poverty has brought after years of forgetting that we exist.
Frank Field's speeches in Parliament over the years always fell on deaf ears. That poor man was flogging a dead horse as each consecutive government ignored him and his constituency. If anyone earned their pay it was him.

Councils were never given enough to spend which meant that there was no incentive to improve those areas which badly need it, with so many that are run down and parts of it are horrendous where families have to live. Marcus Rahford would break down if he were to visit such areas.

It's a national disgrace in this day and age.

ALL politicians are on a different planet altogether and have no idea at all how the other half have to live or exist. Shameful !

vampirequeen Wed 28-Oct-20 12:09:38

No child should go hungry. The excuses being trotted out by these MPs are disgusting.

GillT57 Wed 28-Oct-20 14:09:35

Yes EV I always felt poor Frank Field was a voice in the wilderness. A truly caring man with knowledge, all dismissed and disregarded.

petra Wed 28-Oct-20 16:03:02

Frank Field had some pretty explosive ideas on welfare reform and immigration.
When Tony Blair told him to go away and think the unthinkable Frank did. When Blair saw the report he knew that Labour wouldn't win the next election if it was ever put into practice so it was binned.

Fennel Wed 28-Oct-20 19:12:17

No comments on the current govt's response on this. Un printable.But applaud the response from India.
Having a son and fostered family there - I've visited twice and the veg. food they serve in the school canteen is classic.
We're very proud of them.

Fennel Wed 28-Oct-20 20:18:17

ps if you can put up with my sidetrack on this thread - here's a view of the school dinners there:
I ate there many times.