Children left hungry as their families find work doesn’t pay

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Breakfast club at Surrey Square primary school, London, caters for 150 children Breakfast club at Surrey Square primary school, London, caters for 150 childrenRichard Cannon for The Times

It is 8am at Surrey Square primary school in Southwark, south London, and children are sitting at tables eating bowls of cereal. A volunteer butters toasted bagels, while a mother feeds her baby. In the playground Daniel Adebaso, ten, pauses his game of tag. “I was homeless a couple of years ago,” he says. “The first night I went to a police station, where I slept on a chair, the second night we were in temporary accommodation. I was hungry and it was frightening. School was the only place I got food.”

About 150 children are fed at this breakfast club every morning and Nicola Noble, the head teacher, estimates that a quarter of the pupils would go hungry if they did not get a…

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