The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger inquiry on hunger amongst children during the school holidays

March 2017

The school holidays can be a challenging time for many parents, particularly those on low incomes. They can lead to increased pressures on parents’ time and financial resources – including the need to find the money for extra food for their children.

This submission to the APPG on Hunger draws on CPAG reports on extended schools and on the cost of the school holidays in Glasgow to argue that provision for children during the school holidays should be based around extended schools. These efficiently use existing public facilities that are known and trusted by parents and children, and can offer a range of enriching activities for children, while providing affordable childcare for parents. Crucially, they are socially inclusive, and feed children as an integral part of their service, rather than as potentially-stigmatising ‘feeding stations’ for poor children.