It is estimated that 3.5 million children in the UK (one in four) live in poverty. By 2020, this is expected to increase to 4.7 million. One of the most serious issues facing these children is holiday hunger. During term time, they may have access to school lunches but are not guaranteed evening meals nor meals during school holidays.
The Meals & More scheme helps to alleviate this by providing children (2-18yrs) living in poverty with access to a healthy, nutritious diet during school holidays combined with an enrichment programme that will help lift them out of poverty.
We are delighted to announce our continued support for the scheme into 2017 and beyond by pledging £10,000 annual funding to support Meals & More clubs across the south of Scotland.
Lee-Anne Gillie, Director of UK Operations at RP Adam Ltd, says:
“The figures on how many children in Scotland go without at least one hot meal a day are truly shocking. It’s unacceptable to us that there are young people in our community suffering from malnutrition. With so many staff having families of their own, we were strongly affected by these findings. By partnering with the Meals & More programme, we will be able to offer local families help in a real and tangible way that could have a practical impact on the future education and prospects of our younger generation”.
To date the Meals & More programme has helped to:
- Provide 143 children with 2,440 nutritious meals
- Provide 81 of these children with daily activities
- Engage 29 parents/carers in activities
- Support an additional 250 meals by Community Chefs
Brakes has ambitious growth plans for Meals & More, aiming to establish 500 clubs across the UK through a partnership network of suppliers and manufacturers.
You can read more here.