Up to 3 million children are at risk of going hungry over the school holidays*
“We see many parents who do not have enough money to feed their children once school is out, and it us up to us to fill that meal gap. During the school holidays, we usually accommodate up to 2,500 children, providing hot meals as well as fruit and healthy snacks.”
Baltic Street Playground
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, FareShare’s #ActiveAte programme is supplying food to over 400 holiday projects this summer, providing nutritious meals and snacks for approximately 50,000 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.