Hartlepool parents urged to ensure their children do not starve

Hartlepool Civic Centre.
Hartlepool Civic Centre.

Council chiefs are urging organisations to apply for grants up to £3,000 to help ensure that local children do not go short of food during the summer school holidays.

Councillors recently set aside £38,000 from the Council’s Child and Family Poverty Reserve to fund the ‘Holiday Hunger’ pilot scheme to tackle food poverty during the six week school holiday break.

It has seen £13,000 earmarked to provide food parcels for the town’s most needy families with the remaining £25,000 available in grants to help local voluntary, community and charitable organisations provide food as part of their summer programmes.

The criteria for the scheme are as follows:

Organisations that are supporting children and young people through the provision of healthy meals and snacks during the school summer holiday period;

Organisations providing family-based activities over the school holiday period, where healthy eating and/or cooking skills could be incorporated;

Organisations providing crafts or physical activity programmes which would benefit from the provision of healthy meals or snacks as part of the activity;

Organisations working with vulnerable families or young people in areas of high socio-economic deprivation where food poverty rates may be higher;

Council leader, Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher said: “Children obviously miss out on school meals during the six week summer holidays so providing an alternative way to feed children is a priority and worth exploring through this pilot.”

Make an application by contacting Claire Hunter on 01429 523587 or email Claire.hunter@hartlepool.gov.uk