FareShare, the UK’s largest food redistribution charity, has revealed it helped to feed at least 50,000 children across the UK every week over the school summer holiday - an increase of 150% from 2017.
FareShare Chief Executive Lindsay Boswell said: “For parents of children who normally receive free school meals, the summer can be a difficult time - with the strain of added food costs, activities and childcare meaning families can often struggle to provide food.”
The effects on the children go beyond the holidays, with kids returning to school in September malnourished, tired and unable to learn.
This is why FareShare launched ActiveAte in June, a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of holiday hunger and increase its provision of meals for children at risk of food poverty this summer.
ActiveAte saw FareShare support projects which not only provide food but also activities such as sport or drama. In doing so, children were able to enjoy their summer holidays on a full stomach and kept active, returning to school in September healthy and ready to learn.
Last year, FareShare redistributed surplus food to 200 charities over the school holidays. But during the 2018 summer holiday, 350 holiday programmes signed up to receive regular food deliveries. This means that FareShare provided nutritious meals and snacks for approximately 50,000 children per week across the UK.
Lindsay Boswell add: “Even more alarming, support provided through FareShare Go, our scheme which brings together charities and retailers to reduce in-store surplus food, increases the total number of beneficiaries receiving food each week to over 160,000 children – and over 1,000 holiday projects nationwide.”
To find out more about FareShare’s ActiveAte campaign, visit this webpage.