Helping out the forgotten children
2 June 2017
Holiday hunger has been hitting the headlines as the number of families living in poverty continues to grow, now a leading food company has launched a number of clubs across the UK to tackle the issue.
More than 3.7 million children in the UK are classed as living in poverty, which means that one in every four children in our society is suffering. These stark figures led Brakes, the UK's leading delivered wholesaler, to create a new, nationwide initiative, Meals & More, to try to help combat child hunger during the school holidays.
During term-time, there is a small established support system. Universal Infant Free School Meals are offered to all children regardless and Pupil Premium provides additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. However, outside of the school terms, these same children are being forgotten, with very little holiday childcare and food for those who need it the most.
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