SEPTEMBER has seen children heading back to school and the return of free school meals for those in need.
After knowing the struggle families who are eligible for free school meals experienced last summer, foodbank charity Feedo Needo stepped up earlier this year to provide more than 100 free school meal lunch bags at its Birmingham and Manchester branches.
Over the summer holidays, Feedo Needo ran free school meal events at its Manchester branch, where the charity distributed 68 food packs and was joined by attendees from Action Together, Manchester Mind, The Dukinfield Pantry and Manchester council.
The Birmingham branch also ran an event where they handed out 43 food packs to those in need and were joined by members of St Johns Evangelist church.
A recent survey* of 6,490 UK households found that 15 per cent have experienced food insecurity in the past six months – showcasing why it is vital that services like Feedo Needo exist.
Set up by The UK Curriculum and Accreditation Body (UKCAB), Feedo Needo aims to eradicate food insecurity by providing essential necessities to food banks.
Rafa Ahmed, Project Manager at Feedo Needo, said:
“Last year there was a long battle to have free school meals provided over the school holidays meaning many families faced the struggle of feeding their children during the break. We knew this year that families would find themselves in the same position, which is why we’re so proud to have been able to play a part in ending food poverty.
“We know hunger doesn’t stop when children go back to school, which is why we’re here to serve those in the community and help provide to anyone in need.”
To find out more about Feedo Needo, please visit: feedoneedo.org.uk.