With summer around the corner, Feeding Derbyshire (a local anti-poverty network) is Crowdfunding to provide activity clubs and meals for local children.
Feeding Derbyshire has teamed up with Feeding Britain, a national charity, to facilitate a summer of activity, learning and fun for children at risk of missing out.
They have set an ambitious national target of £50,000, £10,000 of which will contribute to supporting 8325 children and 26 clubs across Derbyshire to provide 11490 meals and 400 activities throughout the school holidays.
It is a local response to a national issue with 3 million children at risk of hunger over the holidays, as the lack of free school meals and the additional child-care costs stretch groaning family budgets.
This Crowdfunding campaign is just part of the work that goes on all year round delivered by the Feeding Derbyshire programme. But the six week school summer holiday period is the main focus for this piece of fundraising. The money that is raised will ensure children will have access to basic but nutritious meals and the activities will keep them entertained.
Feeding Derbyshire has ambitious plans over the summer with a range of indoor and outdoor activities including arts and crafts, family reading & story-telling, climbing walls, magician, games and sports, den building, mask and puppet making, cook and eat workshops, mad science, dance, making hanging baskets and flower troughs, growing and allotment visits and more.
Crucially, the children will be provided with nutritious meals and encouraged to get involved with cooking, growing and other food related activities. There is also scope for family involvement too as volunteers, helping prepare food and support the adult education activities, cooking on a budget, meal planning, community wellness, social eating and lifestyle activities.
Evidence shows that hunger during the summer months may exacerbate inequalities that already exist between children from wealthier and poorer backgrounds. The children most at risk of hunger may also suffer from social isolation, loneliness, and inactivity. These factors combined can lead to significant weight loss or gain, and negative impacts on physical and mental wellbeing.
To get involved you can volunteer to help at the holiday clubs or donate to the Crowdfunding campaign (please indicate you would like your money to go to Derbyshire holiday clubs)
Feeding Derbyshire are urging people to share this link via email, social media channels or word of mouth to make sure Derbyshire children get the much needed money to provide these fantastic holiday clubs. The Crowdfunding campaign only runs until 25th June.
Jacqui Bell from Feeding Derbyshire said; “Ending ‘holiday hunger’ in the county is a major part of the Feeding Derbyshire plan. We know 15% of school age children in Derbyshire are eligible for free school meals – that’s over 9,000 children. When you think that the school holidays and weekends equate to around 170 days per year the impact is significant. Research clearly shows that children who regularly miss out on meals and arrive at school hungry and thirsty are at a significant disadvantage, lacking concentration and the ability to learn.
“During protracted school holiday periods such as the summer holidays the impact can be even greater with evidence of children returning undernourished and underweight. It seems plain to us that this restricts a child's chances of doing well at school and their quality of life, now and into the future.”