In their letter, backed by more than 40 NGOs, charities and education leaders, they said the review should consider eligibility thresholds to ensure disadvantaged children are not excluded and how schools can be supported to deliver the best quality meals.
“This review would provide the Government with the opportunity to future-proof its policy on school food, and to carefully consider how best to support low-income children and families in the aftermath of the pandemic,” they said.
“School food is essential in supporting the health and learning of our most disadvantaged children.
“Now, at a time when children have missed months of in-school learning and the pandemic has reminded us of the importance of our health, this is a vital next step.”
Meanwhile Marcus Rashford has been continuing his hands-on approach in solving child hunger in the UK by directing local authorities to funds through his End Child Poverty campaign.
Local councils will instead be tasked with providing free meals under the Government’s £170 million Covid winter grant scheme.
The anti-poverty campaigner has already forced the government into a series of U-turns over free school meals.
Fresh guidance from the Department for Education to headteachers states: “Schools do not need to provide lunch parcels or vouchers during the February half-term.”