Recent figures from The Trussell Trust show that Foodbank use for children increased last summer, coinciding with the school summer holidays.
In July and August 2017, the national Foodbank network noted that 74,011 children were fed across the country, compared to 70,510 in the two months previous. This in an increase of approximately 5%.
The Trussell Trust attribute this to the school holidays, during which, hard-up families cannot access Free School Meal provision. Indeed, the UK government All Party Parliamentary Group On Hunger concluded that the holidays can add an extra £30 – £40 per child to a family’s budget each week.
Clapham Park Foodbank helps clients from across Wandsworth and Lambeth, two areas that have substantially more children aged under-16 than the national average. Children in these boroughs are more likely than average to be in poverty too. Lambeth ranks 16th out of 326 English Local Authorities on average ward score in the Child Poverty Index, Wandsworth ranks 103rd. The summer holidays therefore provide a particular challenge to a large proportion of individuals and families in our community. It is our goal to support them the best that we can.
At Clapham Park Foodbank, we are seeing firsthand the strain placed on families during the summer holidays, and we need your support more than ever. With benefit delays and changes persisting in South London due to the rollout of Universal Credit, we are concerned that the situation will continue to get worse for many struggling families.
If you want to help, please visit the ‘Give Help’ section of our website to find out more. To find out more about the Trussell Trust’s research and advocacy work on challenges facing families in the summer holidays, please read the full press release here.
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