Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) has urged Essex County Council, the local education authority, to take the responsible step of ending the Free School Meals (FSM) shortage for local children. The action is a direct result of MPs refusing to fund the out-of-term Free School Meals programme, which has led to local teachers and school staff paying to feed those in need in their classes.
Cllr Lees concluded “Whilst it seems the majority of MPs don’t care about child food poverty, the Uttlesford community does. Teachers and staff at the Saffron Walden County High School have dug into their own pockets to fund all the free school meals required by the school’s students over half term. They have been joined by local businesses, community groups and residents who have offered the same either directly or via donation programmes. This is heart-warming, but at the end of the day it is the government’s responsibility to protect its most vulnerable citizens.”