The Glasgow Evening Times are reporting that churches in Scotland have stepped in to feed hungry children after schools stayed open to tackle “holiday hunger”.
St Columba’s Church of Scotland in Ayr, Edinburgh and Penicuik North Kirk in Midlothian have established programmes to provide lunches for hundreds of children during the summer break.
The congregation from St Columba’s Church of Scotland in Ayr has said it established a food programme after local headteacher Sandra Campbell expressed fears many pupils would go hungry over the holidays.
Dr Johnstone, volunteer said: “Many children and families are reliant on free school meals during term time.”
“The First Minister has recently committed the Scottish Government to tackle child poverty.”
“Ending Holiday Hunger through, for example, the raising of Child Benefit as recommended in our report would demonstrate leadership and intent.”
What more can be done to prevent the problem of “holiday hunger” in the UK? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Nellie
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