Action on holiday hunger

January 26 2021

VULNERABLE families in Kingswood will not need to go hungry over Christmas after the Government agreed to fund holiday meals for children in need until the end of 2021.

VULNERABLE families in Kingswood will not need to go hungry over Christmas after the Government agreed to fund holiday meals for children in need until the end of 2021.

It changed its policy after a campaign by the Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford. He persuaded Ministers to fund meals in the summer but his call for provision in October half term was originally voted down.

This led to a protest in October in which the Hanham High Street office of Kingswood Conservative MP Chris Skidmore was decorated with paper plates bearing messages saying "No child should go hungry."

 Kingswood resident Jess Sharratt, 31, who works at Bristol University, set up the event with fellow organiser Kate Reed.

Since the Government U-turn, South Gloucestershire Council has received an additional £570,000 from the Government's Covid Winter Grant scheme and has been working out details of how families will be able to claim support.

Mr Skidmore said: “This is an opportunity to help tackle the root causes of ‘holiday hunger’ and help families to break out of the cycle of poverty.”