William Eichler 16 July 2019

Charity calls for help feeding children during the holidays

Charity calls for help feeding children during the holidays image

The Trussell Trust is urging people to donate food to their local food bank to help support families with children during the summer holidays.

Over 87,000 food parcels went to children in the UK during the summer holidays in 2018 – a 20% increase on the same period in 2017, according to new figures from the food bank charity.

The Trussel Trust say that over a third of all emergency food parcels distributed by food banks in the UK go to children.

However, the charity warns there is an extra financial pressure during the holiday period for families who are entitled to free school meals during term time.

‘Food banks will do all they can to help families over the summer, with many running holiday clubs to support parents who find that their income simply won’t stretch to meet the extra pressure of missing free school meals or paying for additional childcare during the holidays,’ said the Trussell Trust’s chief executive Emma Revie.

‘But no charity can replace the dignity of having enough money for the basics.’

The Trussell Trust believes tackling delays and gaps in benefits should be treated as a priority by the Government. They also called for an end to the five week wait for a first Universal Credit payment, a key driver of need at food banks in the charity’s network.

‘While it’s great to see schemes in place to tackle holiday hunger, food banks and other emergency food provision cannot, and must not, be a long term solution to poverty,’ said Ms Revie.

‘Ultimately, we should all be protected from needing a food bank’s help, no matter the time of the year.’

A survey of 1,200 frontline support workers by the children’s charity Buttle UK revealed yesterday that 60% see families more than once a week who are unable to afford the basics.

Half of the respondents also said they often see children fed breakfast and/or dinner at school because families cannot afford to feed them themselves.

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Deputy Chief Executive

Harris Burns Ltd
£74,000
Lichfield is a vibrant and historic district located at the heart of Staffordshire.  We are transforming the way we deliver our services with a str... Lichfield, Staffordshire
Recuriter: Harris Burns Ltd

Highways Traffic Development Engineer

Milton Keynes Council
£34,788 - £38,813
Milton Keynes is a place of opportunity. Milton Keynes
Recuriter: Milton Keynes Council

Social Worker - South Essex Family Centre

Essex County Council
£30906.0 - £42254.0 per annum + Plus Excellent Benefits Package
What you'll need to join our Social Work teams To play a key part in transforming the lives of children and families, you will have a Diploma or Degree in Social Work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent and Registration with Social Work England as Registered Soc England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Assistant Contracts Engineer

Milton Keynes Council
£34,788 - £38,813
We are looking for an Assistants Contracts Engineer to be a key senior member of our Contracts Team managing... Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Recuriter: Milton Keynes Council

Team Leader - Streetworks

Milton Keynes Council
£39,782 - £43,662
We are looking for a Team Leader to lead our Streetworks Team. Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Recuriter: Milton Keynes Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue