Holiday Hunger

School holidays have become hard for low-income families. Research shows that many children on free school meals or in low income families are hungry, isolated and inactive during the holidays. A poor diet, lack of activities, and limited social engagement leaves them poorly prepared to return to school. Research from Kelloggs shows that 62% of families on less than average family income struggle to feed their children during the school holidays.

Working in the most deprived communities of Warrington with support from the national Street Games charity, the Wolves Foundation provide a number of free and low cost activities during the summer holidays in a variety of community locations designed to encourage youngsters to become more active. An integral component of the activities is to ensure that the children are provided with nutritious food throughout the day.

Children in the lowest income families are more likely to exhibit low activity levels (British Heart Foundation, 2015) and may not ordinarily be able to take advantage of the existing opportunities so all activities will be provided free of charge.

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