Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has raised his concerns as thousands of children across Stockport risk going hungry this summer as schools are closed.
New Trussell Trust data reveals that families are increasingly reliant on food banks during the summer holidays, with 47% of food parcels going to families with primary school aged children. The worst affected will be the estimated 5,640 children across Stockport who will no longer receive the free school meal they are eligible for during term time.
Even though many households often have at least one person in-work the unfortunate fact is that more and more families are having to turn to food banks to help make ends meet; as a result the children of these families risk hunger over the school holidays as their parents often don’t have the additional resources to feed their children, whereas normally they would receive a nutritious lunch at school.
There are a total of 176,140 children at risk of going hungry this summer across the North West with thousands not having access to a school meal at lunchtime and their families not always able to make sure the children are fed.
Real wages are falling in real terms as inflation rises, which will leave more children at risk of going hungry.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“It is unacceptable that so many children are at risk of going hungry in our community.
“Child poverty is at a seven year high, and wages are falling, leaving working families worse off.
“Every child deserves to be well fed every day, and Labour will introduce a Real Living Wage of £10 an hour to ensure that every family is able to make ends meet.”