More than 1 in 6 children in the UK have used a foodbank…
We are calling for the Government to Extend and Expand free school meals:
- Extend free school meals to cover all school holidays and half terms.
- Expand free school meals to ensure that all 4.6 million children growing up in poverty in the UK are not having to face going hungry.
We welcome the Government’s decision to extend free school meals over Christmas. However, with no guarantee that this support will continue beyond Easter, and with millions still going without…
Our fight is just beginning.
What can you do?
Norfolk Against Holiday Hunger is a campaign driven by parent power, union power and community power.
We must place pressure on our elected officials to ensure that more is being done to stop child food poverty.
Contact your MP – you can find a template letter on our website to help you do this. You can also sign our open letter, addressed to all Norfolk MPs.
If you, or anyone you know of has been affected by child food poverty, they can contact us at any of the links below – these human stories are crucial to forcing the Government to act.
- Instragram: Norfolk_Against_Holiday Hunger
- Twttter: @NAHHCampaign
- FaceBook: Norfolk Against Holiday Hunger
- Email: NAHHCampaign@gmail.com
Child food poverty in the UK
At the moment, 2.2 million kids are receiving free school meals. However, with 4.6 million children growing up in poverty in the UK, this is falling well short of what’s needed.
Our Government reports that 13% of families with children have had to use foodbanks to stop their kids from going hungry.
That’s just under 2.5 million children not knowing where their next meal could be coming from.
The amount of emergency food parcels given to children has more than doubled over the last year, whilst 12% of parents have been skipping meals so their kids can eat.
This situation is getting worse – not better.
Growing up hungry
Living without the basic security of three nutritional meals a day presents a huge barrier to anyone growing up in poverty:
- Increased chance of developing chronic illness, both now and in later life
- Huge distress of knowing that parents are skipping meals for you
- Physical and mental health toll affecting ability to concentrate
What’s causing this?
The majority of children in poverty live in a house where at least one person is employed. However, whilst wages have stagnated, the cost of living continues to go up.
For households with low incomes, the cost of living is higher as well – having to pay a poverty premium of up to £490 to access the same essential goods, with things like higher energy tariffs.
In terms of benefits, 1.5 million children from families receiving Universal Credit are not entitled to Free School Meals, but are still struggling to access food. For families earning as little as £7,800 a year, they slip through the cracks of this underfunded social security system.
Too many are falling through the safety net.