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Councillor urges groups to use food fund

Published Friday, 15 September 2017

A Leading City Councillor is urging organisations to bid for grants to help feed children during school holidays.

The Children’s Health Fund provides grants between £1,000 and £5,000 for groups that want to provide good food as part of learning and play activities they hold during holidays.

Cllr Ed Ruane, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, says the scheme can benefit some of the city’s most vulnerable children.

In Coventry 31% of children live in poverty. The Child Poverty Action Group publishes data on the percentage of children in relative poverty (low-income families). The latest figures, published in November 2016, suggests that in October-December 2015, 19.51% of Coventry children overall are in relative poverty before housing costs and 30.96% after housing costs.*

Cllr Ruane said: “These statistics are shocking and we know that as austerity bites there are likely to be more children living in poverty and often going hungry.

“We know that for many children their free school meal is the most nutritious food they will have that day which means when the school holidays are on there can be children who are eating less.

“There are so many great organisations running holiday activities and I would urge them to find out about this grant from The Children’s Health Fund and consider applying so they provide food as part of their activities.”

Groups can find out more about the fund and how to apply at http://www.childrenshealthfund.org.uk/grants/

The deadline to apply for the latest grant awards is Friday 6 October.

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*Data taken from http://www.coventry.gov.uk/info/195/facts_about_coventry/2435/population_and_demographics/3

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