Millions of learners in South Africa are going hungry as the one meal they receive a day via their school feeding scheme has been removed under the Covid-19 lockdown. As Grades 7 and 12 learners return to school – which provides a daily nutritious meal – nine million children in other Grades are being excluded as the Department of Basic Education opts for a phased return to school. Two public interest law centres are heading to court in an urgent attempt to force government to feed hungry children.