Cost of living: Schools now 'fourth emergency service'

By Leigh Boobyer
BBC News

A headteacher made the claim in a study, led by the University of Bristol, which researched food charity in schools. It cited a pupil’s letter to school which said: “We haven’t got any food for tonight, Please can you help?”.

The paper said schools were now a “safety net”. According to the study, led by Dr William Baker, schools have also stepped in to provide clothes, shoes and cleaning products. Dr Baker said: “It’s striking and concerning how normalised and embedded the food aid had become within schools in England.”

He added: “The cost of living crisis has been incredibly challenging for families across Bristol and parents are now regularly reaching out to schools to ask for help with food.”

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