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Lunch is not a luxury!
Join nelma’s free school meals campaign picnic
Saturday 20 July 2019 | 1pm–4pm | Rain or shine!
Clissold Park, in the green space across from cafe, close to the entrance across from St Mary’s Church. If it is raining, you can find us inside the church!
free food and drink / children’s activities / speeches / pay what you can NELMA free school meals campaign t-shirts and badges available on the day / learn about NELMA/ get involved
NELMA runs regular training sessions for new volunteers for our accompanying scheme, which provides solidarity to migrants accessing support from social services.
The next training session will run on Thursday 6th June 2019 from 19:00-21:00 at DIY Space for London, 96-108 Ormside Street, SE15 1TF.
NELMA runs regular training sessions for new volunteers for our accompanying scheme, which provides solidarity to migrants accessing support from social services. The next training session will run on Wednesday 17th April 2019 from 19:00-21:00 at MayDay Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH.
NELMA’s campaign calling on the government to provide free schools for all children who need them launched on 29 September 2018. Speaking in solidarity with the campaign, several local leaders have since publicly committed to help change the discriminatory rules that deny many children who are living in poverty a decent meal in school. This is happening because they have no access to benefits due to their parents’ immigration status.
THE “NO RECOURSE TO PUBLIC FUNDS” CONDITION IS KEEPING THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN, WHO NEED FREE SCHOOL MEALS, HUNGRY IN SCHOOL
Last October, The Hackney Citizen ran a local story on a national scandal— the government’s denial of free school meals to children who need them, based on their or their parents’ immigration status. Richard Brown, headteacher at Urswick School in Hackney, told the paper he hadn’t realised how many children at his school were going hungry until he discovered it “almost by accident” when the school threw a party with free food to celebrate their new Ofsted rating. Brown was surprised to see “[crowds of children] coming to eat who I’d never seen in the canteen before. The cooks that day told me they’d never made so much food.” This was Brown’s awakening to the fact that free school meals are a ‘public fund’, and that it takes more than a low income to qualify for them. In fact, children only get the opportunity to apply for free school meals if their parents already receive certain benefits. This means that families who cannot access these benefits– because they have what is known as “no recourse to public funds” as a part of their immigration status– are left out from free school meal provision in England.
Thanks so much to everyone who came to a picnic to launch our campaign: Lunch is not a luxury on Saturday 29th September.
We gathered lots of postcards to tell @educationgovuk why all children who need them should have access to free school meals, regardless of immigration status. #leftoutatlunch
Get in touch if you want some postcards to tell the Department of Education how you feel about their denial of free school meals to children – how it harms children who are already living in poverty, causes alienation, and bolsters systemic racism. NELMA is collecting these message to deliver to the Department.