South's schools 'not ready' for free meals
28 May 2014 Last updated at 21:01 BST
Last autumn the government pledged to give all children under seven a free school meal from this September.
An investigation by BBC South has found that hundreds of primary schools across the region are still facing "significant challenges" in doing so, and some are not on track to deliver on time.
One headteacher has criticised the policy saying it has been "too rushed" over a short space of time.