Businesses urged to donate food to charity
tackling holiday hunger in Suffolk
FareShare East Anglia, a surplus food redistribution charity based in Ipswich, is tackling child hunger over the summer by redistributing healthy meals and snacks to holiday schemes across Norfolk.
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, more than 50,000 children in Suffolk are growing up in poverty – many of which are eligible for free school meals. With this safety net removed for six weeks over summer, 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: “School holidays should be fun and full of new experiences, but the reality is it can be a really tough time for low income and vulnerable families - many of which rely on free school meals during term time.
“With this safety net removed for six weeks, families face a period of increased struggle with children at risk of hunger, isolation and inactivity.
“Our ActiveAte summer campaign will support the work of frontline holiday schemes across Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire 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