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Urgent Christmas Appeal

School Holiday Clubs – urgent appeal for help for Christmas and beyond by Rural Action Derbyshire.  

Now more than ever families are struggling to feed their children during the holiday. With the Christmas period just around the corner Rural Action Derbyshire are asking for help to raise some extra money so they can provide a few Christmas goodies with their food parcels.

In the October half-term Rural Action Derbyshire worked with FareShare and 15 School Holiday Clubs to supply three days’ worth of food for over 2000 children. This was equivalent to over 10 tonnes of food and more than 15,000 meals at a cost of over £8,500. In the 6 week summer holidays, the partnerships supported over 6000 children and families, at a cost of £53,000.

Feedback from the school holiday clubs confirm that many families are struggling financially, and that a growing number of these are not yet eligible for benefits or Universal Credit, and are therefore not in receipt of Free School Meals. They do not always know where to go for help. Many families were ‘just managing’ before the COVID crisis, but changes in work circumstances, reduced hours or recent job losses mean that they have significant money worries and many are falling between the cracks.

This current lockdown has seen some self-employed parents and those who are small business owners coming to the end of their savings, and turning to food projects for help to feed their families.

Based on figures supplied by the October Holiday Clubs, on average 60% of the families attending would have had a family member go without meals over the half-term break if they had not received the food parcels provided. This figure rose to 100% in some areas.

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