Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Chris Hazzard has called for free school meals to be extended for all children attending school.
Speaking in the Assembly Mr. Hazzard said,
“In recent years Sinn Féin has worked to increase the number of children entitled to free school meals and indeed the Minister John O’Dowd recently announced that the criteria for attaining free school meals would be standardised across primary and post primary schools.
“This would mean that children entitled to free school meals in primary would carry that entitlement into post primary school.
“Many children were going to school without a proper lunch due to families being unable to either supply a packed lunch or pay for school meals. It is important that children are able to have a healthy meal during their time at school.
“While welcoming the Minister's commitment to date on the issue I am asking him to investigate extending the free school meal system to all children attending school. This would bring equality to the system and ensure that every child would get at least one substantial meal during term time.