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  School holidays means kids going hungry
Updated 13 August 2003, 13.33
School canteen
Some kids are going hungry because it's the summer holidays and they're not getting their free school dinners.

The problem is that some poorer families rely on school meals because they don't always have enough money to buy enough food.

Fact File
Value of free meals
1.6 million UK children aged 5-16 get free school meals
Free school meals in term-time for two children under 10 can be worth 13.50 per week
To feed the same children over the summer it can cost parents an extra 20-30 per week

Free lunches and breakfast clubs are a big help to kids who might otherwise go hungry.

But children's charity Barnardos says during the school holidays parents who don't earn much end up struggling to feed everyone.

Day trips and holidays might also be out of the question just so they can all eat enough every day.

The charity says it wants the government to give extra money to those who need it most.

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