Feeding Coventry is a local network of community organisations teaming up with national charity, Feeding Britain, which crowdfunds to support families with children at risk of missing out this summer.
The money donated will be spent supporting around 1,500 children and gifted funding and support from local businesses could be key to making sure youngsters don’t go hungry this summer. Coventry is one of five regions in the UK to have joined the campaign and will see 18 activity clubs pop up across the city to provide 3,500 free meals.
Feeding Britain have already pledged half of the target, and it’s up to the contributing regions: Coventry, Barnsley, Derbyshire, Leicester and South Tyneside to raise the rest by 25 June.
It’s part of a national ‘healthy holidays’ campaign to stop 3 million children across the UK being at risk of hunger during the summer break. Lack of free school meals outside of term time and additional childcare costs means many families are coming under increasing pressure.
This comes as evidence highlights that hunger during the summer months may increase existing inequalities between children from wealthier and poorer backgrounds. In a bid to improve healthy eating, physical and mental wellbeing and educational development, Feeding Coventry will support community groups to put on sport, arts and crafts, cookery activities.
Cllr. Faye Abbott, Chair of Feeding Coventry said: “Over the past few years Feeding Coventry has supported a number of school holiday clubs in the city, this year we aim to raise the funds to provide that support through this crowd funding campaign.
“We know that there are hundreds of families who struggle to provide food and over the summer holidays this can be even more of a challenge. We want to enable those families that are struggling to have access to activities and good food during the summer holidays, so I would urge people to support our fundraising efforts."
Annie Olivier, National Director of Feeding Britain told us “Holiday clubs make an enormous difference to children and their families, not only by providing a community space and nutritious meals but also in that they provide enriching activities.
“Holidays should be about fun, laughter and development outside the curriculum and every child should have these opportunities regardless of background. This is not just an issue of food poverty but one of social mobility too.”
Feeding Coventry is an independent charity bringing together community organisers, academics, local business individuals and City Council representatives, working towards a hunger-free Coventry by 2020, and the development of sustainable food.
The crowd funding campaign was launched in late May by Feeding Britain and runs until Tuesday 25 June. There is still time to get involved, donate or express your support by using the crowdfunding page.
Please remember that if you solely want to support clubs in Coventry make sure you note this with your donation.