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Holiday Hunger Project

Catholic Care’s School, Children and Family Wellbeing Service work closely with head teachers and staff in approximately 65 Catholic Schools across West Yorkshire. Many of the families who we support experience hardship and poverty. This is often exacerbated during school holidays when free school meals for children are not available.
There are approximately 170 non-school days a year where children cannot access Free School Meals. Many simply go hungry. Research shows that 78% of households helped by foodbanks had skipped meals or even gone days without eating in the past 12 months. This is likely to be most acute during times when free school meals are not available.
This summer with the help of funding from the ‘Sisters of Cross and Passion’, as part of our Holiday Hunger Project, we have been able to deliver 80 holiday hampers to families in need across the Diocese. Each hamper contains items to prepare a cooked family meal along with breakfast items and fresh fruit and vegetables.
Families tell us that the hampers make a huge difference to them over this period, particularly without school meals available for the children.