ChaRITy FEEdS 1,500 ChIldREn a wEEk In holS
aLMOST 1,500 hungry children a week are being fed by a food redistribution charity during the summer holidays.
FareShare Greater Manchester say this summer’s figures reveal a 52 percent increase on 2017.
The group, which is part of the UK’s largest food redistribution charity, has launched ActiveAte - a holiday hunger campaign to raise awareness of children at risk of food poverty in the region this summer.
“For parents of children who normally receive free school meals, the summer can be a difficult time to make ends meet with the strain of added food costs, activities and childcare, meaning many families can struggle to provide food,” says development manager Miranda Kaunang.
“ActiveAte is our campaign to address this issue, and this year’s figures across Greater Manchester, particularly in comparison to 2017, demonstrate the glaring need for food provision in our communities.
“With the support of our food partners, we’re grateful to be able to support more frontline holiday projects than any summer before. But in order to ensure no child goes hungry this holiday, we are appealing both to the food industry for an increased provision of nutritious food, as well as to the public for donations.
“Just £7 can have a real, tangible impact - providing 28 meals for children at a holiday project.”
Last year FareShare Greater Manchester redistributed surplus food to 14 groups providing provision to 984 children each week over the school holidays.
But following a recruitment drive more than 19 holiday programmes across Greater Manchester have signed up to receive regular food deliveries this year.
This year the provision rose to 1,493 children.
Programmes in some of the region’s most deprived areas receive food and also provide sport, drama and cooking activities to ensure children are ready to return to school happy and healthy. An estimated three million children are at risk of going hungry over the school holidays, according to charity workers.
One school spokesman said: “We know that the summer holidays can be a particularly difficult time, so to have FareShare provide food is a vital resource.
“Many hard working families often struggle to cook and afford nutritious meals due to the time and costs healthy groceries demand, but through this food we’re able to ensure that 270 children who attend our sessions each day are well fed with a nutritious diet – which provides them with the energy to keep active and socialised throughout the summer.”