Summer holidays should mean long, sunny days at the park, swimming and ice creams. It shouldn’t mean waiting in line at the food bank or parents skipping meals just so their children can eat.
Right now, there are more than two million children in the UK eligible for free school meals – double the 2018 figure and 100,000 more than last year. When the school gates close for the Summer, two million families that are already struggling to get by, will have another mouth to feed.
Financial pressures are often made worse by the longer Summer break and lack of money means that children from low income households are more likely to eat cheap, unhealthy food, more likely to spend time on their own and less likely to take part in holiday activities.
Which is where you come in. This Summer, FareShare South West is ramping up its service to reach children at risk of going hungry in Bristol, Somerset, Plymouth and beyond.
Working with our food partners, we’ll deliver food for an additional 80,000 meals this Summer… but we need your help. With the Summer break just a few days away, we’ve launched our Summer Appeal to help beat holiday hunger in the South West. Together, we want to raise £20,000 in the two weeks before the holidays begin – that’s enough to provide more than 2,500 children with at least one meal a day throughout the Summer holidays.
AND! Thanks to match funding from our friends at Aviva, every pound you give will be DOUBLED (at no extra cost to you)
Each week, we’ll add a further 40 deliveries to our already busy schedule, to provide sports clubs, cooking classes and craft workshops with top-quality, nutritious food for breakfast, lunch and healthy snacks and drinks for the children in their care.
Can you help?