Hungry children have asked for school holiday meals from food bank

The Scottish Daily Record is reporting that hungry children in Glasgowhave been given emergency food packages during the school summer holidays…

Nearly 90 youngsters on free school meals turned up at Glasgow’s Greater Maryhill Food Bank over a seven-day window at the start of August.

And food bank co-ordinator Julie Webster, 38, confirmed the unit had seen a spike in the number of people asking for help over the holiday period.

She said: “The schools are off and the only nutritional meal some children get is a free meal at school.

“We’ve had families come in and say they can’t provide lunch for their children. It’s heartbreaking…

The scale of food poverty was revealed as Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited Maryhill to kickstart a £518,000 Emergency Food Fund. Research by the Trussell Trust revealed the number of people using food banks in Scotland has soared by 400 per cent over the past 12 months.

In that period, 71,428 people were handed emergency parcels – including more than 22,000 children.

The Scottish Government’s EEF initiative will split a pot of cash to projects which dish out aid across 17 local authority areas.

Sturgeon said: “There’s a direct correlation between the increase in demand for food banks and the welfare cuts Westminster are introducing. As a Scottish Government, we want to mitigate the impact of these cuts…

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This is a story from Glasgow but no doubt the same thing is happening across the UK. Is there a need for governments to recognise that the loss of free meals (potentially lunches and breakfasts) during school holidays can cause real issues for some families? Should there be some kind of meal voucher system brought in for replacements during these periods – especially the long summer holiday? 

 

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Comments

  1. LindsayGrahamUK

    SchoolsImprove Pleased you have highlighted this issue. It’s one that is still not acknowledged in UK.

  2. dtaliku

    Have we become a third world country?  How can this still be happening in 2014?  The government needs to channel money into supporting these families and we as members of the public need to donate to food banks.  If when we do our grocery shop we put one item into a donation box which is then donated to food banks, this will help.  But the government needs to step in to support families

  3. LindsayGrahamUK

    SchoolsImprove 3rd sector orgs MakeLunch TrussellTrust trying hard to support #holidayhunger. More could be done by government #poverty

  4. treezyoung

    MrSMathsWizard SchoolsImprove that’s heartbreaking. Glad there are organisations who can help in an accessible way.

  5. MrSMathsWizard

    treezyoung SchoolsImprove totally but the very fact something like this exists is shaming to say the least

  6. treezyoung

    MrSMathsWizard SchoolsImprove couldn’t agree more. It’s shameful in this day and age. Sad to think kids are hungry 🙂

  7. AndrewWisdom1

    SchoolsImprove check out Make Lunch project Helping families on FSM during school holidays – SLimitless Kidderminster

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