Funding to feed hungry children during Easter holidays
The Scottish Government has committed £340,000 for food and activities for children from poorer families.
Funding for meals and activities during the Easter holidays has been announced for children from poorer families.
Charities have been awarded £340,000 to offer children breakfast, healthy snacks and a hot lunch, as well as a range of games and activities.
The funding will help feed more than 46,500 children who may have gone hungry over the Easter break.
The Scottish Government has committed to support two national charities – Cash For Kids and Children in Scotland – and four regional projects provided by Centrestage in Ayrshire – Dundee Bairns, Community Food Initiatives North East in Aberdeen and Achieve More Scotland, which covers Glasgow and West Lothian.
The budget for the scheme has risen to £2 million in 2019-20, up from £500,000 last year.
This funding will allow projects working in rural and urban areas across Scotland to deliver fun activity programmes for children and young people in the school holidays and include healthy nutritious meals so no child goes hungry Aileen Campbell, Communities Secretary
Announcing the funding at the Active Kids project in Kirkcaldy, which is run by the YMCA, Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said: “While we provide free school meals to children in P1 to P3 and to those on low incomes throughout their time at school, we know it can be a struggle for some parents to provide meals and keep children entertained when their school takes a break.
“The school holidays should be a time for fun. This funding will allow projects working in rural and urban areas across Scotland to deliver fun activity programmes for children and young people in the school holidays and include healthy nutritious meals so no child goes hungry.
“This year we have committed to increase spending from £500,000 to £2 million to help support local authorities and the third sector to tackle food insecurity during the school holidays.
“The extra money will be a huge benefit to families who need it the most.”