Belfast Telegraph

Children's champion Koulla Yiasouma urges food grants

By Rebecca Black

The Children's Commissioner has urged Stormont to hand out grants to help low income families buy healthy food in the school summer holidays.

During the traditional break, around 100,000 children miss out on their free school meal.

Around 62% of parents on incomes of less than £25,000 cannot always afford food outside of term time, and 31% have skipped a meal so their children can eat, according to a Kellogg's report.

Koulla Yiasouma, Commissioner for Children and Young People, said more had to be done. She added: "We have been aware for some time of the pressures on our most vulnerable families over the summer months as a result of the loss of school dinners, which for many children, was their one hot meal per day.

"Our Executive can act to help families facing stress over the holidays by making seasonal grants available to those at risk, in the same way a winter fuel allowance has been provided to pensioners.

"This simple measure could ensure children and young people receive the nutrition they need."

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