Marcus Rashford’s petition to end child food poverty by making free school meals available during holidays and half-terms has more than 700,000 signatures at the time of writing.
Despite heavy pressure from local residents, on October 21, Eastleigh MP, Paul Holmes, and Chandler’s Ford MP, Steve Brine voted against making food vouchers available to over a million children who need them during half-term and the Christmas holidays.
Some local councils like Lib Dem led Portsmouth City Council are stepping in to fund food vouchers - but the Conservatives running Hampshire County Council have decided not to.
Here in Eastleigh, our Lib Dem County Councillors have been supporting food banks, and our Borough Council has been working with community organisations to support local families in need.
But because the free school meals programme in Hampshire is run by Hampshire County Council, they’re the only ones who could provide vouchers directly when the Government won’t help.
Lib Dem County Councillors across Hampshire have been pushing Hampshire County Council to change their mind, but the Conservatives aren’t listening.
Please back our petition to get Hampshire to act if the Government won’t back down.
If the Conservative Government won’t back down and support free school meals to the children who need them during holidays and half-terms, we call upon Hampshire County Council to step up and fill the gap.
We will include your name and address when submitting and sharing the petition with Hampshire County Council.