There are around 170 days in the year when children are not in school. For families who are already struggling financially, the additional expense of covering childcare costs, activities and meals during this time can push them into serious financial difficulty.
Just the absence of the provision of free school meals alone can cost families around £30 a week. Around three million children are at risk of holiday hunger across the UK. The term holiday hunger refers to children suffering from household food insecurity during the holiday period, meaning that they or their other family members are having to skip meals, or have to reduce the quantity or quality of food that they eat.
With a combined funding grant of £21,495, this challenge was met by the Trusts Engagement Team and Community Volunteers from Wharton & GGO in Winsford. Despite some extreme weather challenges they managed to deliver not one but three, action packed ‘Family Food & Food’ programmes in Winsford and Frodsham. Providing a grand total of 2,540 meals to families in Trust neighbourhoods.