Primary schoolchildren in Ealing who go to state schools will get free school meals when they return in September for the whole of the academic year.
The initiative from the Mayor of London to help support people with the cost-of-living crisis, will see the pupils across London being provided with a free meal that will save families in Ealing around £440 per child during the year.
In announcing the initiative, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “It is truly shocking that so many families across the capital are struggling to feed themselves as they deal with the escalating cost-of-living crisis. It simply cannot be right that in a city as prosperous as ours around one in six parents are going without essentials to get by.”
He added: “I’m determined to do all I can to help and know from personal experience what a lifeline free school meals can be. That is why I stepped forward with this unprecedented funding to provide hundreds of thousands of primary school children with free schools meals. By ensuring children don’t go hungry in the classroom and helping their families, we can build a better and more prosperous city for all Londoners.”
All primary pupils will automatically get the free meal and Ealing Council is also encouraging parents to register their child as well in order to see if they may be eligible for additional government funding to support them.
Councillor Kamaljit Nagpal, cabinet member for a fairer start said: “It is great to know that the Mayor of London is funding free school meals for all primary schoolchildren for the next academic year. This will help financially all families with young children.”
Councillor Nagpal added: “But I cannot stress enough how important it is to make sure you apply for free school meals if you are eligible to do so or to re-register if you are already receiving them. If you don’t, you will miss out on food vouchers over the school holidays, free holiday activities, and your child’s school will miss out on vital funding to spend on your child’s education.”