Last week, the Deputy Prime Minister announced that the Government is to introduce free school meals for all infant school pupils.
In total, 13,783 Croydon pupils will benefit.
The long-term goal is for every primary school pupil to be able to sit down to a hot, healthy lunch with their classmates every day. The Government is starting with pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 because teaching healthy habits young, and boosting attainment early, will bring the biggest benefits.
Over the course of a year, the average family spends about £400 per child on school meals. It's good to see the Government doing what it can, despite the financial challenges it faces, doing what it can to help hard-working families.