The Mirror is reporting warnings that children face going hungry this week as half term means they miss out on free school meals.
…Figures from Britain’s biggest food bank operator, the Trussell Trust, show volunteers fed nearly 5,000 extra youngsters over the summer holidays…
In May and June – the two months running-up to the summer break – the Trussell Trust handed out three-day food parcels to feed 163,333 poor people, including 58,543 youngsters.
But during July and August, which cover the six-week holidays, the charity’s 420 food banks supported 169,921 people, including 63,441 kids.
That means that of the 6,588 extra mouths fed during the summer months, a whopping 74% – 4,898 – were children’s…
The Trust’s network director Adrian Curtis said: “During July and August, Trussell Trust food banks provided three days’ food to nearly 5,000 more children than in the previous two months.
“This proves that there is more demand on food banks during the school holidays, when children do not receive free school meals…”
He told the Mirror: “No one knows the true scale of holiday hunger in the UK yet, and it’s difficult to predict what will happen this half term.
“But it’s clear that food banks are doing more than ever before to provide to families who struggle to put food on the table outside of term-time.
“Many food banks have already responded to local need by running or partnering with holiday lunch and breakfast clubs…”
We’ve covered many reports of this issue over the summer holidays, but not for half term breaks before.
Has your/your child’s school taken any steps to help those likely to be most in need? Any advice for others?
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