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Vegan Eatery To Feed Vulnerable Children Amid Free School Meals Controversy

'30 percent of children in schools are living in poverty and 100,000 children in the U.K don't have access to three meals a day'

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Nottingham-based eatery The Filthy Vegan has pledged to help feed vulnerable children, following the U.K’s rejected extension over free school meals.

The company said on social media it will help cater to children whose schools don’t offer free school meals throughout the holidays – as well as parents struggling to feed their children during the half term.

‘End child poverty’

“30 percent of children in schools are living in poverty… 100,000 children in the U.K don’t have access to three meals a day,” The Filthy Vegan wrote on Facebook.

“This isn’t acceptable! We’re here to stand in unity to end child poverty… This is a deep-rooted problem we want to try and help with.”

Widespread anger

The announcement follows a vote, backed by Labour, to offer free school meals to children during half-term, as well as Christmas and Easter.

MPs rejected the motion by 322 votes to 261.

Only five Conservative MPs rebelled against their party by voting with Labour such as Caroline Ansell. It is reported Ansell has since stepped down from her government job.

The motion caused widespread anger online and has resulted in a plethora of organizations offering free food or meals to those in need, such as vegan football club Forest Green Rovers who has committed to delivering 100 plant-based meals to vulnerable families.

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Liam Gilliver

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