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The summer holidays can be a stressful time for parents, and for those on low incomes it can be particularly hard. For those who rely on free school meals during term time, there is extra pressure to provide main meals during the school holidays.

Research from The All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger found that the loss of free school meals can add between £30 and £40 per week to shopping bills during the holidays.*

Year after year our network sees more children referred to foodbanks for emergency support during the holiday months of July and August than the two months before, and this trend cannot continue.

Samantha Stapley, Director of Operations at The Trussell Trust, explains:

“Foodbanks cannot, and must not, be a long term to solution to hunger at any time of year. No one should face going hungry, and although our network will be doing all they can this summer to help families struggling to make the money they have stretch to cover the essentials, no charity can replace people having enough money for the basics.”

A gift from you today could help us be there to ensure foodbanks in The Trussell Trust network can continue working effectively. With increasing demand we must continue our vital work so that foodbanks don’t have to struggle to support the many thousands of people who turn to them at this time, but we can only do this with your help.

No family should struggle at any time of year, and it’s particularly horrible to know more help is being given to children during the summer holidays, a time which should be for fun and recharging for the year ahead.

*This figure is taken from the All Party Parliamentary Group’s report into hunger during the holidays. It is unclear from their report whether this relates to £30-40 per child or £30-40 across the family. Our recent appeal letter to supporters stated the report equated to £30-40 per child – as it is not clear whether the figures is per child or per family, we have amended here to mirror the language of the report, and apologise unreservedly for any confusion caused.