Schools in England told not to provide free meals at half-term

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DfE guidance sets government on course for fresh dispute over children going hungry during holidays

The government has once again become mired in a row over free school meals after it emerged that headteachers in England have been told not to supply vouchers and food parcels to disadvantaged children over the February half-term holiday.

With the dust barely settled following a furious row this week over substandard food parcels, council leaders and teaching unions expressed frustration at continuing confusion over free school meals and warned that children could go hungry.

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