Andalusia to give school kids three meals a day

A top Andalusian politician has announced that all school children in the region will receive three square meals a day — at least from Monday to Friday.

Andalusia to give school kids three meals a day
Andalusia's school meals program aims to tackle poverty in the crisis-hit southern region. Photo: Ishikawa Ken

The move is part of a €100 million package aimed at tackling poverty in the region which has been hard hit by Spain's crisis.

"There are working middle-class families who can't meet their financial obligations," Susana Díaz, a minister in Andalusia's government told radio station Cadena SER.

"We are going to approve a decree against social exclusion," said the minister, who is also Secretary-General of the socialist PSOE party in Seville.

The three-part anti-poverty package includes a commitment to provide children in Andalusia with breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday.

This measure will be carried out with the support of Andalusian government day centres and non-governmental organizations on the ground.

The second part of the package include a job stimulus program while the final element will make it easier for families in need to access financial help.

Families fulfilling the financial requirements will be guaranteed benefits totally three months at the minimum wage.

Childhood poverty in Spain shot up by 45 per cent during the first two years of the economic crisis, a study carried out by the Observatorio Social de España and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) revealed late in 2012.

The study found that Spanish children were among the hardest hit in Europe during the early days of the economic crisis from 2007 to 2009.

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