Up to 3 million children are at risk of going hungry over the school holidays*

Summer should be a time of fun and excitement for children, but for many this is not the case.

For families whose children are eligible for free school meals, once school is out, this safety net is removed. Additional costs for activities and childcare can be a strain on families who are already working extra hard to provide the meals their kids would normally get at school. The effects on the children go beyond the holidays, with kids returning to school in September malnourished, tired and unable to learn.**

To help combat the issue of holiday hunger, over the summer in 2019 FareShare’s #ActiveAte programme supplied food to over 700 holiday projects providing nutritious meals and snacks and activities – reaching over an estimated 40,000 children across the UK.

The projects FareShare supports offer food and fun activities to ensure that children can enjoy their summer holidays and return to school happy and healthy.

* https://feedingbritain.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/food-poverty-feeding-britain-final-2.pdf
** https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-43611527