Tackling Holiday Hunger

Tackling Holiday Hunger

On 12 June, people met in Gateshead to discuss ways to reduce 'holiday hunger' in the North East.  With unemployment still high, wages still low and welfare changes biting, there is real concern about the impact of the lack of free school meals during the school holidays.

Here are the three sets of slides that were shared:

We agreed to seek to raise the profile of holiday hunger, and encourage people to provide holiday activities with a free lunch wherever possible.The letter below has been sent to each Local Authority in the North East, to social housing providers, and voluntary organisations who provide holiday activities.

End Holiday Hunger.pdf

We'll be using a dedicated area on our website, www.nechildpoverty.org.uk/holidayhunger, to provide information about who is doing what, to help people co-ordinate activity.  Please let us know if you:

  • provide activities for children and young people during the school holidays and need help to provide a lunch or
  • could help provide a lunch - either by providing food, volunteer labour or funding


Work has to be a better route out of poverty. Most poor children have a working parent.

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Poverty leads to poor attainment.  Poor attainment leads to poverty.

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Local Authorities

Councils have a duty to address child poverty through their services, jobs and contracts.

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Everyone can help to tackle child poverty. Every contribution matters.

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