This summer Young Bristol in partnership with Feeding Bristol is piloting a scheme to combat food poverty at two of our community youth clubs, Ashton Vale Club for Young People and Avon Youth Club.

This initiative is a response to reports that as of Summer 2017 more than 20,000 people were using a food bank each year in the city and 25 per cent of children were living below the poverty line and recognition that the long summer holiday can be particularly hard for low-income families who struggle to cover the additional food costs in the absence of free school meals.

Statistics in a recent Bristol 24/7 article state:

The summer holidays may be filled with weeks of carefree fun for many – but for 3 million children in the UK it means facing hunger, as families struggle to provide extra meals.

Andy Street, chair of feeding Bristol says:

During holiday periods many children are at risk of missing out on meals, and experiencing real hunger, combining fun activities with food provision is an excellent way of supporting children during one of the most vulnerable times of the year.

Feeding Bristol will work with Young Bristol, Youth Moves and Fit & Fed to run the programme over the school holiday, hoping to provide nearly 3,000 meals to children across the city.

Feeding Bristol which is part of the national network Feeding Britain has been granted £30,000 from the Department of Education for the pilot scheme that is being rolled out in eight areas across the country.

You can read the full Bristol 24/7 article here.