A mother of four dependent on essential free school meals shares a little-known tip for extra help

Mum Tasha Jones says she’s struggling with the cost of living crisis as Boris tries to drop food czar Henry Dimbleby’s proposals about free school meals

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Mum-of-four Tasha Jones says free school meals are vital for her family due to the skyrocketing cost of living.

With daughters aged 2 and 6 and sons aged 14 and 9, a warm meal means a lighter dinner for the eldest three – saving on energy bills.

Tasha, 39, eats out £60 a week and that makes it difficult to cook hot meals every night.

It comes as more than a million poor children will now go hungry as the cost of living crisis continues to hit struggling families.

Boris Johnson is likely to reject a request to extend free school meals to all children in poverty.

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Mum-of-four Tasha Jones says she needs free school meals

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The Prime Minister is expected to abandon proposals by food czar Henry Dimbleby that included extending free school meals to all children in Universal Credit homes.

His new food strategy for England today will include little to tackle child starvation or soaring prices that sparked fury last night.

No. 10 insisted it would “keep an eye on free school eligibility.”

But the prime minister has been accused of watching children starve.

Full-time mum Tasha, from Swindon, Wilts, has been part of Save the Children’s ‘Mums on a Mission’ campaign to improve childcare for working mothers in the UK.

Boris tries to hit struggling parents even harder by taking away free school meals


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“If kids get free school meals, they might also get a student bounty, depending on your local authority,” she said.

“This bonus is good for the school. It helps fund travel, music lessons, and uniforms, so it’s not just about the food.

“My eldest also has music lessons, which we couldn’t afford without the student bonus.

“During the week they get a hot meal at school from Monday to Friday and in the evenings they have sandwiches and biscuits and cheese to cover the meal bill.

Henry Dimbleby seems to have been ignored


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“The budget of £60 a week is all we can afford at the moment because of the cost of petrol. Lucky me I’m paying £79 a month for energy so glad the deal runs until May 2023.”

She added: “We really notice it over the holidays. Having to make meals twice a day is a real struggle, it makes a big difference.

“I would recommend everyone to apply for the student award, even if you are not sure if you are entitled to it.”

Free school meals are essential for many children



Former WeightWatchers consultant Tasha’s household income is around £1600 a month, including Universal Credit and her partner’s wages as a labourer.

She added: “I think all families with children in school should be able to get a free school meal.

“The rise in the cost of living doesn’t just affect welfare recipients, it affects everyone, it prevents children from going hungry.

“While they are in mainstream school, they should get a free school meal.”

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