Posted by Aston Avery

Could children miss out on school meals this summer holiday?

For many parents, the school holidays are an exciting time when thoughts turn to summer vacations and activity camps for their children. But for others, the six weeks off school is a worrying time.

Now new research from Tesco has shown that in the past, one in 12 children (8%) have had to miss meals due to financial pressures – a problem alleviated during term time by access to free school meals.

The summer holidays can also see children become less active and more isolated during school holidays with almost half (42%) of families saying their children will miss out on clubs and activities during the holidays because of the cost.

Last summer, Trussell Trust food banks supported 430,000 people with emergency food – 160,000 of whom were children, and the charity expects to see similar demand, or even higher, this summer.

Aston spoke to Claire de Silva, head of communities at Tesco.

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