Holiday Hunger

The School Holidays (Meals and Activities) Bill
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Frank Field MP has presented the School Holidays (Meals and Activities) Bill, to require local authorities to facilitate the delivery of programmes that provide free meals and activities for children during school holidays; and for connected purposes.

The bill, which has cross-party backing, would give local authorities the duties and the resources they need to facilitate the delivery of programmes that provide free meals and activities for children who would otherwise go without.

Frank Field MP gave notice of the bill in Parliament on 20th July 2017 and it received its first reading on 5th September 2017.

Over 100 MPs from all parties put their names down to sponsor the bill ahead of its first reading. The list of MPs who are currently supporting the bill is below.

Northumbria University have published the results of a survey conducted over the summer, showing that there has been a sharp rise in the number of holiday clubs operating since 2015. Over 800 holiday clubs completed the survey, of which nearly 600 provided food, showing the real need for this support around the country. You can read the preliminary findings here: Holiday Club Survey 2017

What happens next

The text of the bill is currently being drafted and will be published on the House of Commons website, hopefully by mid October 2017.

The bill will receive its second reading in the House of Commons Friday 19th January 2018 when MPs will have a chance to vote for the bill.

If sufficient parliamentary time is allocated, it will pass to the committee stage and a third reading, and could pass into law.

The bill is most likely to pass into law if it carries support from the government; either in its own right, or included within a wider piece of legislation.

That is why Feeding Britain is campaigning to encourage MPs and the government to support the bill, to give it the best chance of being implemented.

Feeding Britain is determined that the summer holiday which has just concluded should be the last school holiday in which children in this country are hungry.

How you can help

Contact your MP before 19th January 2018: Write to your MP (or tweet, facebook message, attend constituency surgeries etc.) to ask them to support the bill. The specific asks are:

  • To vote for the bill at its second reading on 19th January 2018. There are lots of competing pressures on MPs, so it’s really important to let them know that you think this is an important issue and that that they need to make sure they are in the House to vote for the bill on that day!
  • To write to the Prime Minister to encourage her to adopt the bill as government legislation and ensure it passes into law. Please note, that over 100 MPs have already pledged to support the bill, and we’ll keep the list updated as more add their names. Please acknowledge this when you contact them, so that we can recognise those that are already committed to ending holiday hunger!

Join the conversation on twitter: use the hashtag #HolidayProvisionBill to raise awareness of the issue, recognise those MPs who are already supporting the bill, and highlight the important work being done around the UK by existing holiday clubs,

Contact your local authority: The bill would give local authorities the duties and resources to ensure holiday provision is there for all children who need it. If local authorities would like support or advice in starting to plan, or scale up, holiday provision in their area, they can contact Feeding Britain who would be happy to discuss with them, share ideas from our work around the country, and help connect them with relevant support.



Feeding Britain is determined to support any organisation, including local authorities, wishing to counter holiday hunger immediately while the bill passes through Parliament.

MPs supporting the bill

  1. Frank Field (Labour)
  2. Graham Brady (Conservative)
  3. Philippa Whitford (Scottish National Party)
  4. Emma Lewell-Buck (Labour)
  5. Heidi Allen (Conservative)
  6. Nicky Morgan (Conservative)
  7. Sir Oliver Letwin (Conservative)
  8. Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
  9. Sir Nicholas Soames (Conservative)
  10. Dan Poulter (Conservative)
  11. Ruth Smeeth (Labour)
  12. Albert Owen (Labour)
  13. Alex Cunningham (Labour)
  14. Alex Sobel (Labour)
  15. Andy Slaughter (Labour)
  16. Angela Eagle (Labour)
  17. Ann Coffey (Labour)
  18. Anna McMorrin (Labour)
  19. Anna Turley (Labour)
  20. Barry Sheerman (Labour)
  21. Caroline Lucas (Green)
  22. Caroline Spelman (Conservative)
  23. Carolyn Harris (Labour)
  24. Catherine McKinnell (Labour)
  25. Chris Williamson (Labour)
  26. Christopher Stephens (Scottish National Party)
  27. Clive Lewis (Labour)
  28. Conor McGinn (Labour)
  29. Dame Margaret Beckett (Labour)
  30. Dame Margaret Hodge (Labour)
  31. Dan Jarvis (Labour)
  32. Daniel Zeichner (Labour)
  33. Darren Jones (Labour)
  34. David Drew (Labour)
  35. David Linden (Scottish National Party)
  36. David Simpson (Democratic Unionist Party)
  37. Derek Twigg (Labour)
  38. Diana Johnson (Labour)
  39. Eleanor Smith (Labour)
  40. Emma Dent-Coad (Labour)
  41. Emma Hardy (Labour)
  42. Faisal Rashid (Labour)
  43. Gavin Robinson (DUP)
  44. Gareth Snell (Labour)
  45. Gavin Shuker (Labour)
  46. Geoffrey Cox (Conservative)
  47. George Howarth (Labour)
  48. Geraint Davies (Labour)
  49. Gill Furniss (Labour)
  50. Graham Jones (Labour)
  51. Grahame Morris (Labour)
  52. Helen Goodman (Labour)
  53. Helen Hayes (Labour)
  54. Helen Jones (Labour)
  55. Hugh Gaffney (Labour)
  56. Ian Austin (Labour)
  57. Ian Lucas (Labour)
  58. Ian Mearns (Labour)
  59. James Frith (Labour)
  60. Jared O’Mara (Labour)
  61. Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative)
  62. Jess Phillips (Labour)
  63. Jim Shannon (Democratic Unionist Party)
  64. Jo Platt (Labour)
  65. Jo Stevens (Labour)
  66. Joan Ryan (Labour)
  67. John Grogan (Labour)
  68. John Howell (Conservative)
  69. John Mann (Labour)
  70. John Spellar (Labour)
  71. John Woodcock (Labour)
  72. Jon Cruddas (Labour)
  73. Jonathan Reynolds (Labour)
  74. Karen Buck (Labour)
  75. Kate Green (Labour)
  76. Kate Hoey (Labour)
  77. Kelvin Hopkins (Labour)
  78. Kerry McCarthy (Labour)
  79. Laura Smith (Labour)
  80. Layla Moran (Liberal Democrat)
  81. Lilian Greenwood (Labour)
  82. Lisa Nandy (Labour)
  83. Liz Kendall (Labour)
  84. Louise Ellman (Labour)
  85. Louise Haigh (Labour)
  86. Luciana Berger (Labour)
  87. Lucy Powell (Labour)
  88. Mark Hendrick (Labour)
  89. Marsha de Cordova (Labour)
  90. Matt Western (Labour)
  91. Matthew Pennycook (Labour)
  92. Mike Amesbury (Labour)
  93. Mike Kane (Labour)
  94. Neil Gray (Scottish National Party)
  95. Nigel Evans (Conservative)
  96. Paul Farrelly (Labour)
  97. Paul Williams (Labour)
  98. Philip Hollobone (Conservative)
  99. Preet Gill (Labour)
  100. Rachel Reeves (Labour)
  101. Richard Burden (Labour)
  102. Roberta Blackman-Woods (Labour)
  103. Roger Godsiff (Labour)
  104. Ronnie Campbell (Labour)
  105. Rosie Cooper (Labour)
  106. Ruth Cadbury (Labour)
  107. Ruth George (Labour)
  108. Sammy Wilson (Democratic Unionist Party)
  109. Sandy Martin (Labour)
  110. Shabana Mahmood (Labour)
  111. Siobhan McDonagh (Labour)
  112. Sir David Amess (Conservative)
  113. Sir Henry Bellingham (Conservative)
  114. Stephen Hepburn (Labour)
  115. Stephen Morgan (Labour)
  116. Stephen Timms (Labour)
  117. Stephen Twigg (Labour)
  118. Steve Reed (Labour)
  119. Susan Elan Jones (Labour)
  120. Sylvia Hermon (Independent)
  121. Thelma Walker (Labour)
  122. Tom Brake (Liberal Democrat)
  123. Tony Lloyd (Labour)
  124. Tulip Siddiq (Labour)
  125. Virendra Sharma (Labour)
  126. Wera Hobhouse (Liberal Democrat)
  127. Wes Streeting (Labour)
  128. Yasmin Qureshi (Labour)
  129. Zac Goldsmith (Conservative)

For more information please contact Rosie Oglesby at Feeding Britain ( or 0207 340 6023)