The Government’s recent announcement outlining a significant funding package to help alleviate child food poverty in the UK is a very welcome step in the right direction. As one of the recipients of the Holiday Food and Activities grant this summer, we know just how much of a huge lifeline the extension of the scheme
Tamzin Outhwaite helps tackle food poverty
As part of our Champions for Children campaign to help London children living in poverty recover from the coronavirus crisis, prominent Londoner and mum of two Tamzin Outhwaite today volunteered at the Skyline Kitchen Social Hub, in North London, and helped prepare and deliver free nutritious meals for some of the hardest hit children and families.
Tamzin Outhwaite said: “The lockdown has been devastating for children living in poverty in London. I’m delighted to be able to help raise awareness of The Childhood Trust’s Champions for Children appeal– every £1 donated to help London’s most vulnerable children will be doubled between now and 30th June – please donate now and help a child in need to recover from this crisis”
Champions for Children is raising £3m to fund the delivery of 94 projects providing vital emotional and practical support to London’s most disadvantaged children.
Support will include meals, play activities, counselling and a wide range of recreational activities that will help children recover. All donations made will be doubled by The Childhood Trust from now until the end of the campaign at midday on Tuesday 30th June.
As one of the 94 Champions for Children projects, the Mayor’s Fund for London is raising vital funds for their programmes, including Kitchen Social, which supports children and families in London who are struggling to access nutritious, healthy food and social activities during the pandemic.
Whilst the Government has now committed to funding Free School Meals vouchers over the summer holidays, there is still more work to do. The Mayor’s Fund for London research has shown that a staggering 67% of families have not been able to access these vouchers, meaning that it falls on charities to fill the gap – both in term-time and in the holidays. In addition, there are over 200,000 children living in food insecure households who do not qualify for these vouchers and are therefore at risk of going hungry.
Our Kitchen Social programme is London’s largest charitable food provider for children in need and operates in some of capital’s hardest hit communities. By the end of July, we will have stepped up to provide 120,000 free, nutritious meals, 9,000 fun activity packs to children from low-income backgrounds.
Twitter: @mayorsfund #KitchenSocial
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