Over 30,000 schoolchildren in Leeds are going hungry as families are struggling to meet the costs of feeding their children in the school holidays.
Holiday Hunger is of increasing national concern and is a real problem for those who already rely on free school meals. In Leeds it has become an emerging priority for the city.
Leeds Community Foundation, in partnership with Leeds City Council, has set up the #HolidayHungerLeeds Campaign, where donations will be given out in grants to local projects that run activities during the school holidays to enable vulnerable children to have access to food, fun activities and learning, and provide support to their families.
Some families in Leeds are struggling to meet the costs of feeding their children during the holidays. This can have a huge detrimental impact on children’s mental and physical wellbeing and a knock on effect on their life chances. This campaign focuses on exploring practical solutions to reduce the impact of Holiday Hunger in the long term.
Earlier this month, we visited Sacred Heart Primary School in Kirkstall, who noted that they have at least 40-50 children who depend on free school meals each day, with the school worrying what will happen to them in the 13 weeks of school holiday each year. We talked to one local mother who depended on the school providing both free breakfasts and lunches, and now struggles outside of term time, having been affected by the benefits cap.
With funds raised through the #HolidayHungerLeeds campaign, grants given to local community groups will help tackle this growing issue in the City, providing vital services and activities for vulnerable children and families and helping them to lead healthier, happier lives.
Leeds City Council has already committed £75,000 to the fund, and now the #HolidayHungerLeeds Campaign is looking to the Leeds business community to recruit key corporate donors to support the campaign Alongside this, businesses and their employees are encouraged to take part in the #LeedsFoodFuddle.
So if you’re a dab hand at baking, or if shop bought treats are more your style, hosting your own #LeedsFoodFuddle in your office or community is a fun, seasonal activity to bring together colleagues, friends and family through making and sharing food, and collecting donations for the #LeedsHolidayHunger Campaign.
So if you want to help relieve Holiday Hunger and support the families and children in Leeds who are in need, there are a number of ways you can get involved:
- Become a key corporate donor
- Hold your own #LeedsFoodFuddle this Christmas and collect donations for the campaign
- If you have any Christmas activities already planned, consider using them to raise money for Holiday Hunger
- Donate directly to our campaign following the button below: