Huge growth in free school meals urged to tackle food poverty crisis

Report warns of the looming impact of the climate emergency and hits out at faux-healthy sweets

Up to 1.5 million more children in England should get free school meals to help tackle a growing crisis of food poverty and unhealthy eating, according to a blueprint billed as the first national food strategy since war rationing.

The government-commissioned report also warns that the climate crisis will be the source of the next food emergency, demands more than £2bn for farmers to improve the countryside, and condemns faux-healthy food labelling by big brands – including the idea of “healthy” Marks & Spencer Percy Pig sweets.

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