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More families struggle to feed children during the holidays

Reliance on foodbanks for struggling families rises sharply during the summer holidays, with the biggest increase seen in children aged 5 to 11, according to new figures.

The foodbank charity the Trussell Trust says its research - published today - reveals soaring levels of 'food poverty' across the South East when the kids break up.

Sarah Saunders reports from a school which is running a holiday meals program to make sure kids can get a good meal - even when 'school's out'

Interviewees: Mums Nina and Sophie and 10 year-old Amelia, founder of Holiday Kitchen Gina Herbert, chef Vicky Boyce and Julia Hallett of Whole School Meals.

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School cook retires after 43 years

When she started serving school meals, pounds, shillings and pence were in use. The Beatles were still together - just. And the Jumbo jet made its first commercial flight. The year was 1970 and Kitty Keeley began cooking for the kids at Dallington Primary in Sussex.

43 years later - at the age of 75 - she's retiring. David Johns went to see her hang up her pinny for the last time, talking to Kitty and the headteacher, Shirley Frankis.

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Council wants school meals tested for horsemeat

Checks are to be made on the content of school dinners supplied to hundreds of children in the South East - to see if the food contains horsemeat.

Kent County Council wants food distributed to 200 of its schools examined. While education officials in both Sussex and Essex want their suppliers to give them detailed information about how their meat is sourced. It will take up to six weeks for the results of the tests to come through.

It is unclear tonight what action is being taken by many schools outside local authority control. David Johns reports. His interviewees are Headteacher Tanya O'Connor, Councillor Mike Whiting from Kent County Council, and Julian Rutherford - a school meals supplier.