For some families summer holidays mean worrying about the extra expence of kids being at home and no longer having access to free school meals. End Hunger believe that children are entitled to good nutrition 365 days a year. Emily Mann from Northubria University’s Healthy Living Lab explains why she has launched a survey about local Holiday Hunger provision in order to improve the chances of changing policy around the issue of holiday hunger.
Across the UK many organisations have introduced holiday clubs to help support low income families during the school holidays. Last summer, Northumbria University’s Healthy Living Lab undertook a snapshot survey into Holiday Meal and Activities in partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on School Food’s Holiday Hunger Task Group.
This summer, working with the APPG on Hunger, we are running a survey to help identify any growth in the number of projects or gaps in provision across the UK. This survey will then help the APPG on Hunger to inform government of the need for a more structured framework of support, policy and funding while at the same time highlighting the issue of child hunger in the UK.
This work will also help contribute to Frank Field’s School Holidays (Meals and Activities) Bill – which would require local authorities to facilitate the delivery of programmes that provide free meals and activities for children during the school holidays – and will receive its first reading on the 5 September.
To help build the case for policy, it is important that we have as strong an evidence base as possible to urge government to bring forward policy. Therefore, we would encourage organisations delivering holiday clubs to complete the survey.
The survey only takes about 5 minutes to complete and the closing deadline is the 18 August. The survey can be found here.
Findings from the survey will be shared and published by the APPG on Hunger in partnership with Northumbria University’s Healthy Living Lab.
If you want more information on holiday hunger or to get involved in End Hunger’s campaign on the issue you can find out more on the Holiday Hunger section of the End Hunger website which includes our campaigning resource pack.