'In most supermarkets food does not cost £3 per day...’: The impact of the school food voucher scheme during COVID-19
AbstractHouseholds with children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) are at risk of food insecurity. This paper reports on a rapid-response study that investigated the impact of the school food voucher scheme during the COVID-19 crisis on young people, families and schools. It pays close attention to the reliance of the state on the good will of society and its citizens in feeding those most in need. The capabilities approach is used to highlight factors that inhibited and restricted use of the vouchers to produce the capability of having good nutrition for children in need of free school meals. The approach moves towards creating a society where children and young people are able to lead a life of their own choice and contribute to key policy decisions. This qualitative study funded by the British Education Research Association (BERA) was conducted between September 2020 and March 2021. The study posed two research questions: i) how have schools responded to COVID-19 in relation to food during holiday provision? ii) what have families identified as barriers to accessing the school food voucher scheme? Data collection involved online interviews with young people, schools and organisations (i.e. public health, director from the food industry etc.). The findings highlight the difficulties with accessing and using the school food voucher and implications for future policy directions. Due to this being a small scale study, it is not generalisable to the wider population but does highlight localised issues.
CitationLalli, G.S. (2023) In most supermarkets food does not cost £3 per day...’: The impact of the school food voucher scheme during COVID-19. British Educational Research Journal, 49(1), pp. 53-69. https://doi.org/10.1002/berj.3828
JournalBritish Educational Research Journal
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