Up to 3 million children are at risk of going hungry over the school holidays*
“When the kids come in they ask me for a meal and a hug, and I give them both – because I know that there are some kids who won’t remember the last time they’ve had either of those things at home.”
Ellen, Manager of Meridan Adventure 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 thissummer, 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.