With at least one in six children is at risk of an inadequate diet in school holidays, this seminar will explore best practice in holiday provision and start to develop lasting solutions.
7th February 2019
Registration 9.00 - 9.30. Seminar 9.30 -
Canolfan Soar, Pontmorlais, Merthyr Tydfil CF47
With child poverty forecast to rise, increasing food costs and
benefits frozen at 2015 levels, there is every sign of holiday
hunger increasing. Given this, it is timely to consider how
best holiday hunger can be alleviated in the short-term, and
prevented in the longer-term.
This important event features keynote contributions by leading
UK food campaigner, Lindsey Graham, as well as examples of
community provision. Delegates will be able to discuss the causes
of holiday hunger, understand what 'good' provision looks like, and
suggest practical solutions that will end holiday hunger for
This event is a great opportunity for anyone interested in
solving the specific problem of holiday hunger, ending with wider
problem of food insecurity and reducing poverty across Wales. It is
free thanks to the kind support of Merthyr Valley Homes, South
Wales Food Poverty Alliance and 200 people who gave £10 to help
find practical solutions.
At least one in six children is at risk of having an inadequate
diet in school holidays. Families face increased costs e.g.
having to provide extra meals to replace free school breakfasts and
dinners, and the costs of additional heating or children's
activities. At the same time, some families live with a
reduced income in the holidays e.g. because they adjust their
working hours to look after children or because of delays receiving
Not having a good diet over the holidays affects children's
health and wellbeing, with some returning to school after a long
break in poorer physical and emotional condition than before.
Holiday hunger can have a lasting effect on their learning.
A number of different responses are emerging to address holiday
hunger. The largest is the Welsh Government / WLGA School Holiday
Enrichment Programme (SHEP) which provides 12 days of 'food and
fun' in the summer holidays, across 56 schemes in 16 local
authorities for more than 2,500 children. The new First
Minister has pledged to extend the School Holiday Fun and Food
programme, so that it becomes a permanent scheme that reaches more
children across Wales.
Local initiatives by community and faith groups, such as
community cafes, discounted food supplies, food and fitness
schemes, provision of packed lunches or emergency food parcels are
also increasingly important and help to reach children where there
is no SHEP provision or where they may not want to
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