Thousands of Kirklees youngsters could lose out if proposals to scrap free school meals go ahead.
Free hot school meals for all schoolchildren aged between four and seven, regardless of their parents’ income, were introduced by former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg last year.
It was estimated that this would save parents £400 per child, per year.
Dozens of schools in Huddersfield spent weeks and months preparing their kitchens and dining rooms to cope with the extra demand.
However, it has been widely reported nationally this week that free meals for infants are likely scrapped in Chancellor George Osborne’s November spending review.
The government is reportedly considering the cut despite pledging to continue the policy in the 2015 Conservative manifesto.
When the free meals were introduced, many Huddersfield primary schools - particularly rural and small ones - were not equipped to provide hot meals for all their children.
So Kirklees Council spent £300,000 helping 130 primary schools upgrade their kitchen and dining facilities to ensure they were in a position to deliver the extra meals.
This money came from a government grant to support the implementation of universal free school meals.
In July the Chancellor ordered Government departments to cut their budgets by up to 40%
Much of the Department for Education’s budget is ring-fenced, but the Universal Infant Free School Meals programme (UIFSM) - estimated to cost between £600m and £800m a year - is not.
The move has been described as “a disaster” by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.