Southwark families to receive healthy breakfast boxes over Christmas
We will be supporting children and families at risk of food insecurity this Christmas thanks to generous funding from Unicef UK
The grant represents the first time in its 70-year history that Unicef UK has moved to develop a UK domestic emergency response.
‘Food Power for Generation Covid’, a joint initiative with Food Power, Sustain’s food poverty programme, will support 1,800 Southwark families who have been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic with nutritious breakfast boxes over the two week Christmas holidays.
We’ll be working with Premier Foods, Southwark Council and Southwark Food Action Alliance to deliver 18,000 nutritious breakfasts to 25 schools for distribution around the borough. Each breakfast box will provide enough food for 10 breakfasts.
Following on from feedback from families who received boxes in the summer, boxes will contain fresh pineapple, oats, desiccated coconut, and rice in addition to whole meal bread, baked beans and milk.
Abel & Cole will also be providing 1.2 tonnes of fruit and veg worth £4,500 to include in the boxes.
We'll also be supporting families over February half term with an additional 6,750 breakfasts.
Our Founder and CEO, Stephanie Slater said:
“The response to our summer Breakfast Boxes programme has shown us that families are really struggling and many were facing the grim reality of a two-week winter break without access to free school meals and the indignity of having to rely on food banks to feed their children. By providing our Breakfast Boxes, families know that their children will have a great start to the day with a healthy nutritious breakfast.”
She continued: “Our Breakfast Boxes programme has also shown us that the threshold for free school meal eligibility is too low to capture all the families in need of support. That’s why we’re getting behind the National Food Strategy call for an extension to free school meal eligibility. We cannot continue to rely on civil society to fill the hunger gap as too many children will miss out on the nutrition they need to thrive.”
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We’ll be supporting children and families at risk of food insecurity with our Breakfast Boxes while schools are closed during the third national lockdown.
A briefing paper by the University of Leeds on mitigating childhood food poverty has found that expanding eligibility for free school meals would narrow inequalities in health and educational attainment.
We're warmly welcoming the guidance on providing school meals during lockdown as there's help available to ensure that free school meal children don't go hungry this lockdown.