The Guardian, 25th July 2018
“Kids’ clubs are stepping in to fill the gap and stop children going hungry during the school holidays, as families struggle with austerity”
Emma Lewell-Buck, Feeding Britain Trustee and chair of the Feeding Britain pilot in South Shields, speaks with Dawn Foster from the Guardian about the issue of holiday hunger and what we can do about it. With 3 million children at risk of hunger during the school summer holidays, organisations across the UK are stepping up to fill the gap. Feeding Britain works with a wide range of local community organisations to ensure that no child will have to go hungry. In 2017 we assisted eight of our pilot areas to deliver holiday food and fun clubs. Collectively they provided approximately 43,314 meals in just the summer and October half term alone. This reached well over 7,920 unique individuals. You can read more about our work in our report “Ending Hunger in the Holidays“. This Summer term we will be supporting 79 clubs across 9 areas of the UK to deliver Holiday Food and Fun clubs to approximately 27,000 children.