There are currently 14.3 million people in the UK living in poverty (22%), with more than 4 million of those being trapped in 'deep poverty': meaning that their income is at least 50% below the official breadline, locking them into a weekly struggle to afford even the most basic living essentials. In addition, there are 7 million people - including 2.3 million children - affected by 'persistent poverty,' meaning that they have been in poverty for at least two of the last three years.

If you’re growing up in a poor family, the school holidays can be a horrible time; you're at home alone or hanging around on street corners, with your friends instantly and unavoidably flaunting the great time they're having on holiday or at football camp. Not only that, but if you’re from one of the UK’s poorest families, then there’s a greater than 7 in 10 chance that that your family will struggle to feed everyone!

60% of families with an annual income of £25,000 can’t always afford food during the holidays, with families on less than £15,000 reporting a ‘constant struggle’.

School holidays are supposed to be a fun and freedom, but for a generation of children growing up in low income families, that just isn't the case. Children are isolated because there are no free activity programmes on offer, and they are at risk of going hungry because there are no free school meals.

Following last year's highly successful Fit and Fed campaign, which provided an incredible 186,000 meals to more than 22,000 young people, StreetGames' campaign to reduce inactivity, isolation and holiday hunger will return once again in 2020. StreetGames aims to increase the level of young people attending Fit and Fed sessions, as well as the number of lunches being served. 

StreetGames aims to reach 70,000 young people by 2021, involving them in holiday projects supported by StreetGames Fit and Fed.

"Hunger is not an issue of charity, it is an issue of justice."

 


 

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