FareShare East Anglia, a food redistribution charity, is tackling child hunger over the school holiday by redistributing healthy meals and snacks to holiday schemes across Essex.
In order to meet the specific needs of these vital schemes the charity is calling on suppliers and producers to donate fruit, child friendly snacks, wraps and low sugar juice as well as cereal bars, sandwiches, yogurt and spreads.
Members of the public can also support the charity during period of additional need by donating to the campaign online via the FareShare website.
According to End Child Poverty, child poverty levels are as high as 35% in Rochford, 31% in Harlow and 24% in Chelmsford – with many of these children accessing free school meals during term time.
Many families face increased financial pressure over the six week break which, in turn, drives them further into food insecurity. Without money for activities, children also become socially isolated – with many returning to school malnourished, tired, and unable to learn.
By providing healthy nutritious snacks and meals the charity will help to ensure that every child can access a healthy, varied diet, as well as enjoying plenty of fun activities like sport and drama.
Mike Barrett Development Manager at FareShare East Anglia, said: 0 0Our ActiveAte summer campaign will support the work of frontline holiday schemes across Essex which work with children and young people, by providing regular deliveries of quality surplus food ready to be made into nutritious meals.
FareShare is the UK’s biggest surplus food redistribution charity, diverting over 20,000 tonnes of surplus food to almost 11,000 frontline charities across the UK, including homeless hostels, women’s refuges, community centres and school breakfast clubs.
To donate to and find out more about FareShare’s ActiveAte campaign, visit http://fareshare.org.uk/ActiveAte