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Food bank campaign launched as figures reveal 3,500 children in Lichfield and Burntwood are at risk of ‘holiday hunger’

People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being urged to support a new campaign – after figures revealed more than 3,500 local youngsters are at risk of ‘holiday hunger’ this year.

The launch of the summer food bank appeal

The launch of the summer food bank appeal

New figures suggest demand on food banks rises during school holidays when free school meals are not available.

A study by End Child Poverty revealed more than 3,500 children in the Lichfield area were at risk from holiday hunger during 2018.

The Central England Co-operative is launching a summer appeal in partnership with local food banks in a bid to tackle the problem.

Martyn Cheatle, Central England Co-operative’s chief executive, said: “We are proud to be able to support our food banks all year round and in the past few months have helped collect over 85,000 items to help people in need.

“We wanted to ensure that this great support continued and, after speaking to our food bank partners, knew that helping to tackle holiday hunger was the right thing to do.

“This summer we are appealing to our customers and members to support our campaign and help youngsters in need and their families so they don’t have to go without during the holidays.

“All we are asking is that people drop off one or more items into our food banks this summer and help make a real difference.”

The company say items donated in its stores, including food and toiletries, will be used to create bigger food parcels for families or provide special packed lunches for local projects looking to tackle holiday hunger amongst children.

Anna Feuchtwang, chairman of the End Child Poverty coalition, said: “Holiday hunger, when children lose the lunch provided by school, is an urgent problem and a direct consequence of rising levels of child poverty across the UK.

“Food banks are now critical sources of support and without urgent action increasing numbers of families will be reliant on the generosity of the public to feed their children.”

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2 Comments

  1. AnnS

    29th May, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    I find this absolutely abhorrent that families in one of the richest nations in the world have to resort to the use of foodbanks to feed themselves. Makes us akin to Third World countries. To a greater or lesser degree we are all to blame, but in particular Politicians for allowing this happen. They should be ashamed of themselves, but probably sleep well knowing that others are picking up the slack and supporting some of the most vulnerable in society.

  2. Nellygb

    29th May, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Here’s a few reasons why we are where we are. I have been careful not to include votes where money was taken from those receiving benefits for being out of work to escape the wrath of the “I’m OK brigade”. So those below are our hard working representative in that hub of industry down in the big city voting to take money from hard working constituents who unlike him don’t have the luxury of having their council tax and living expenses paid by the tax payer even though they are barely getting by. You know those that are Just About Managing (JAM) that this government were so keen to tell us they were going to help. I could go on and I could list endless more like those below but you get the idea. Oh and Cllr Willcox perhaps you might want to read the damning report above then reconsider your position cause this has also happened on your watch.

    On 6 Jan 2016: Michael Fabricant voted in favour of cutting universal credit benefits for many people in paid work

    On 23 Feb 2016: Michael Fabricant voted to remove the “work-related activity component” from the Employment and Support Allowance.

    On 23 Feb 2016: Michael Fabricant voted to remove the “limited capability for work” element of Universal Credit.

    On 2 Mar 2016: Michael Fabricant voted against making the removal of the work-related activity component from employment and support allowance conditional on an impact assessment and against requiring Parliament to approve details of implementing the change.

    On 16 Nov 2016: Michael Fabricant voted in favour of reductions to the work allowance element of universal credit and reductions to employment and support allowance and against analysing how changes impact those in different incomes.

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