Study: Free School Meals Criteria Needs to be Widened
[Source: Medical X-Press]
A significant number of children who do not meet the eligibility criteria for Free School Meals are going hungry, a new study has shown.
The researchers from the University of York and the Bradford Institute for Health Research have called for Free School Meals (FSM) eligibility to be widened in order to reduce both child hunger and the stigma associated with FSM.
Families that meet the criteria for FSM are considered to be living in poverty, and researchers have now shown that the stigma attached to this has an impact on a child’s mental health, whilst they continue to experience food uncertainties due to the quantity and quality of food available within the home.
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