Shock toll of kids going hungry

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One in eight pupils in Yorkshire and Humberside are not getting enough to eat in the school holidays.

New figures show that teachers are worried by changes in pupils who have lost weight when they return to school in the summer term..

A new study reveals that term time breaks put an extra burden on family food budgets with a shocking toll of parents struggling to feed their children three meals a day.

Children are believed to spend 170 days out of school compared to 190 days in the classroom.

Adrian Curtis, director of Trussell Trust Foodbank Network, said: “School holidays are especially difficult for low income families whose children usually receive free school meals or support from breakfast clubs.

“Many are deeply concerned about being able to feed their children over the long break, and may resort to skipping meals to feed their children.

“Last year we saw foodbank usage in August increase by over a fifth compared to the same time in June, before the holidays began, and we expect this year’s figures to reflect a similar trend.”

The Yorkshire Evening Post has launched its Feed A Family campaign this summer to support foodbanks across Leeds.

Yesterday the YEP revealed that foodbank across the city are preparing for a rise in the number of desperate families in need of emergency food in the final few weeks of the summer holidays.

Hundreds of children in Leeds have needed food parcels to stop them going to bed hungry over the last month.

And there are fears even more families will be forced to turn to foodbanks as they struggle to balance their finances in the final few weeks of the summer break.

More than 4,000 kilos of food has been distributed to desperate people who are struggling to make ends meet since the YEP launched its campaign last month.

The new research, which was carried out by Kellogg’s, reveals 39 per cent of teachers say there are pupils in their school that do not get enough to eat over the school holidays.

Nearly a third of teachers in Yorkshire and Humberside believe offering holiday clubs at their school would help children.

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