Holiday Hunger helps to bridge the poverty gap

05 September 2018

Our army of volunteers have played a part in helping plug the poverty gap by running our Holiday Hunger project.

We joined forces with St Sidwells, Exeter Foodbank, Organic Arts and The Beacon Centre to help feed families most in need.

One in four children now live in poverty in the UK, meaning three million were at risk of going hungry over the summer holidays.

With the safety net of free school meals no longer in place, the holidays often intensify poverty among low-income families.

The average cost of childcare in the holidays has more than doubled to £124 per week, which places added stress on family finances and wellbeing.

But we stepped up to the plate to help address food inequality.

As part of an effort to ease pressure and support vulnerable families, our staff ensured balanced, nutritious meals were served up.

Holiday Hunger was supported by one of the biggest volunteer projects we have ever run, with 17 staff members signing up.

It involved delivering cookery and craft courses and organising farm visits and art sessions.

We also put on lunch clubs at Wonford Centre and Beacon Heath.

Our Community Investment and Engagement Manager Leanda Flower said:  “The summer holiday should be a carefree time for young people, presenting an opportunity for them to have new experiences and develop social skills.

“Yet without the food provided by school breakfast and lunch clubs, unfortunately many families face a period of struggle with children at risk of hunger, isolation and inactivity.

“Holiday Hunger was designed to help those families most in need and it was a resounding success.”