Vol. 15 No. 2 (2022): Carolean Age- A New Dawn

Standing up for a Healthier Future for the Next Generation: Campaigning for Free School Meals

Sneha Daga
Veena Daga
Leeds Teaching Hospitals, UK

Published 2023-03-09


  • Free School Meals,
  • Child Health,
  • Youth social action,
  • Food Poverty,
  • Campaigning,
  • BiteBack2030
  • ...More

How to Cite

Daga, S., & Daga, V. (2023). Standing up for a Healthier Future for the Next Generation: Campaigning for Free School Meals. Sushruta Journal of Health Policy & Opinion, 15(2), 1–6. https://doi.org/10.38192/15.2.5


Food poverty is a real issue in the modern United Kingdom and one that adversely affects children leading to a long-lasting impact on their future health. This has been further complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic,[1] the economic recession and the cost-of-living crisis. Increasing numbers of families are struggling to pay their bills whilst being forced to choose between buying essential food for their children. Many children are going hungry in schools with inadequate provisions for free meals. The concept of eating healthily is understandably low in priority, and healthy, affordable food is scarce. There is the additional element of the impact of an unequal society and inherent biases, which affects families and children from marginalised communities far more.

What is our role as young people growing up in modern, multi-cultural Britain? What meaningful contribution can we make to achieving a fair and just society, that we read about in our school lessons? This opinion piece will explore some of the ways we as young people, can make a difference in our own communities and neighbourhoods. There are lessons to be learnt from such role models as young activists such as Malala Yousafzai, Greta Thunberg and Licypriya Kangujam.


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