When we think of the summer holidays, we generally imagine happy children playing in the sunshine (or stuck indoors if it’s a washout), afternoons in the park, activity camps, and time off with the family. We don’t tend to think of the summer holidays as a particularly tough time for kids or their parents.
For those children who receive free school meals during term-time, the summer holidays often mean that the safety net is removed and there’s no longer any guarantee of regular meals. We don’t think that’s fair or right. That’s why we want to take a moment to talk about the FareShare summer campaign.
This summer, FareShare launched their #ActiveAte campaign, providing food and drinks to 350 projects running over the summer holidays. FareShare reaches 50,000 children a week in the process. It's an incredible project that truly makes a difference in children's lives.
Going hungry during the holidays can have a severe impact on a child's health, but it may also impact on their future. An under-nourished child returning to school will be tired, unable to concentrate and find it difficult to learn. It's not just the summer holidays. It's their education and long-term future that's at stake.
With the #ActivateAte campaign, FareShare is asking you to donate as much as you can afford to give to ensure that our children don’t go hungry during the summer holidays. The effect you could have is staggering. Every £1 donated provides four meals. £12 a month is enough to pay for one child’s lunch for the entire summer holidays. £30 is enough that FareShare can feed a group of 24 children breakfast every weekday for a week.
When we look at the wealth around us, it’s difficult to conceive of the fact that up to 3 million children are at risk of going hungry during the school holidays. FareShare needs your help so that they can continue doing what they do best. Helping those who would struggle to access regular, nutritious meals otherwise. You can play your part too, by visiting http://fareshare.org.uk/ActiveAte to find out more and donate.