NELMA launch campaign for free school meals for migrant children

North East London Migrant Action (NELMA) are launching a campaign to provide free school meal to children who are ineligible due to their parent immigration status. Presently, children in reception and Years one and two are provided free school meals by law, but children in Year 3 and above can only get free school meals if their parents are in receipt of certain benefits. Read their callout for their launch event below and click through to the factsheet to find out what you can do.

Children from migrant families with ‘no recourse to public funds‘ are often unable to access free school meals. NELMA is launching a campaign calling for free school meals for all who need them, regardless of immigration status, and for schools to be adequately funded so that they can provide this.

Our campaign launch is a Picnic for Free School Meals on 29th September, and we would love to see you there! 

With the support of Hackney Migrant Centre, we will be holding the picnic at St Mary’s Church, Stoke Newington, N16 9ES, from 12 – 4pm on 29th September. It will be a chance for teachers, parents, children and other members of the community to get together to share experiences and learn more about the issue.

The day will include:
* Free food and drink
* Music including young DJs, and the free school meals podcast!
* Postcard-making and writing for children and parents, to send to the Department of Education / Secretary of State
* Opportunities to learn more about the impact of the lack of free school meals provision to destitute migrant families

Please share the details of our picnic and campaign! We hope to see you on 29th September!

We can help with travel costs. If you have any questions, or if you are unable to attend the picnic but would like to support the campaign in other ways, do get in touch.

NELMA free school meals factsheet