Holiday hunger

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/3042
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The school holidays can be a burden for many parents in London, particularly those on low incomes due to increased food bills and high childcare costs. What action can you take to ensure children in London do not go hungry during the school holidays?

Answer

Answer for Holiday hunger

Answer for Holiday hunger

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The issue of holiday hunger is a concern and the London Food Board is looking into different approaches how this can best be addressed. The Mayor's Fund for London is already piloting holiday hunger projects, including breakfast clubs in the school holidays in partnership with Kellogg's. As part of the Mayor's food flagship programme, the London Borough of Lambeth has been developing solutions to tackling holiday hunger and an evaluation report is expected this autumn which will hopefully provide learnings that can be shared across London. 

We are also looking to identify what other holiday hunger projects are being provided across London through the London Food Board Boroughs working group that is attended by borough representatives. This is to get a fuller picture of holiday hunger provision in the capital and to learn from these.