“All children who are eligible free school meals should take that offer,” Kirstie Robson, a dinner lady who has been work for 11 years, said. She points out that the older they become, the more pressure they feel.
Keith Pratt, an Area Based Team Manager of Newcastle City Council, told Pop Up Newsroom that the city plans to tackle on this issue by introducing a biometric system which makes the council able to tell whether students are paying for their school meal or not.
From September 2014 every student at infant school in England will get free school meals. Robson hopes the universal offer will ensure students feel free from the stigmatism surrounding the meals. “Free school meals help in education," she notes. "There’s nothing worse than being hungry.”