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Holiday hunger has become an acute issue for poorer families in the UK. For those who rely on Free School Meals (FSM) to provide healthy food for their families during term time, long stretches away from school can result in malnutrition as a result of relying on cheaper, unhealthy food or going without regular meals.
The issue is particularly severe in Wales, where the Welsh Assembly provides free breakfasts for disadvantaged students from less financially stable households. The country has one of highest rates of child poverty and obesity in the UK, alongside one of the lowest levels of academic attainment.
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