Hunger during the school holidays
One in eight school children (13%) are not provided with enough food to eat during the school holidays and according to teachers, many children return to school noticeably thinner which causes concern for more than 36% of teachers who report changes in pupils such as weigh loss. 77% of teachers have seen a a noticeable difference in pupils readiness to learn on returning to school for the new term.
Adrian Curtis, director of Trussell Trust Food bank network: “School holidays are especially difficult for low income families whose children usually recieve free school meals or support from breakfast clubs. Many of the UK’s poorest parents are deeply concerned about being able to feed their children.”
NOTE: The research was conducted by YouGov on a sample of 1,176 teachers between 9th – 24th July 2014, the figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB teachers.
We are working in partnership with FareShare to deliver community food projects with Amicus Horizon in South London and Red Kite Community Housing in High Wycombe. Please contact us for more details of our work in this area.
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