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YEOVIL COLLEGE CONFIRMS THAT FREE SCHOOL MEALS WILL CONTINUE OVER THE SUMMER

Yeovil College have today confirmed that free school meals will continue for all eligible, current and progressing students during the summer period. Yeovil College has made this commitment by ring-fencing the money within its own college budget, meaning that they are not dependent upon additional government funding to provide vital meals for some of their most vulnerable students. The college is strongly supporting the campaign set out by Marcus Rashford and feel it is important to be clear about the academic and educational benefits regular meals have upon its student community. Yeovil College will continue to provide the means to eligible students who remain actively engaged in their college learning.

Data shows that around 1.3 million children in England are eligible for free school meals and a survey by the Food Foundation identifies that 200,000 children have had to skip meals because their family could not access enough food during lockdown.

Mark Bolton, CEO & Principal, said: “I feel strongly that all students are entitled to nutritious food, which encourages and supports positive mental health as a basis for positive academic learning. It is key that students feel both empowered and capable of continuing their education during the holiday period, enabling them to maintain strong learning habits and catch-up with practical assessment where necessary to move forwards with their learning.”

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