Third Force News in Scotland is reporting that schools in some of the country’s most deprived communities will be opened at weekends and during holidays to provide emergency food aid to poor families.
Two pilot schemes will see meals and other support given out to people in the Ibrox area of Glasgow and Irvine in Ayrshire – areas which have been identified as having high levels of child poverty.
The project is part of a charity partnership aimed at providing an innovative approach to Scotland’s food poverty crisis…
The Food, Familes and Futures programme, which will be launched in the spring, is being led by Children in Scotland, in partnership with Scottish Business in the Community and food supply company Brakes.
Opening schools during holidays and at the weekend will be just one facet of the scheme, with more details due next year.
Children in Scotland chief executive Jackie Brock said: “…Free school meals are a lifeline for many families, but when this provision ends, at weekends and in particular during holidays, it can mean crisis. That’s why we have taken action to devise a project that will empower schools and communities to access meals and activities during these key times of greatest need…”
I know a number of school have started opening to offer food in holidays across the UK, but are you aware of any others doing so at weekends as is being set up for the pilot schemes here?
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