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Communities rally to combat child hunger this summer

Published Thursday, 16 July 2020

Voluntary and community-based organisations are working together to help ensure that children and young people in most need, can access breakfast and activity packs during the school summer holidays.

Summer breakfast club

Feeding Coventry will be funding the Summer Holiday Breakfast Club 2020 during the summer and working with partners and the Coventry Food Network to distribute the breakfast and activity packs and support to families who are struggling due to COVID-19.

The government introduced a national food voucher scheme, which provides vulnerable families (those children eligible for free school meals) with a £15 per child e-voucher - per week. This is now being continued during the summer holidays. The voucher can be spent at supermarkets to cover the cost of a child's meal.

Around 11,000 children in Coventry are eligible for free school meals.

Community-based food hubs have been providing around 1500 food parcels a week throughout the COVID-19 outbreak and will also be providing breakfast packs for children in need during the school holidays.

The breakfast and activity packs are being funded by Feeding Coventry.  Anyone who would like to donate to the scheme can do so on the Feeding Britain website.

Cllr Faye Abbott, Chair of Feeding Coventry, said that she is amazed at the amount of donations and volunteers that have been helping the network of food hubs.

She said: “The community and organisations have come together in an extraordinary way throughout recent months and we hope that this appeal for donations can help those who need it most.

“The food hubs have seen an increase in the number of families needing support so they are hoping to provide an additional safety net over the holidays.

“The breakfast scheme is being set up because we know that there is extensive food poverty and this can be more of a problem during the six week school summer holiday.”

Find out how the scheme will work on our Let's Talk website.

Cllr Tariq Khan, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, added: “The breakfast programme has been made possible because the city has already organised a network of hubs. This is organised primarily by volunteers who want to make a difference where they live.  The public response has been incredible, hundreds of food parcels have been provided throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.”

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