ChaR­ITy FEEdS 1,500 ChIl­dREn a wEEk In holS

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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.”

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