Fare Share South West finished their week-long campaign against child poverty and hunger in schools around Bristol today.
The “Big Breakfast Week” was meant to raise awareness of children going to school hungry.
No child should go hungry- this is what we’ve been doing to change the picture in Bristol. Donate to our appeal today to help us do more: https://t.co/Z0xFqikjDv #BigBreakfast pic.twitter.com/iJaG6bfiSa
— FareShare South West (@FareShareSW) October 25, 2018
More than one in four children in Bristol live in poverty and struggle to get three full meals a day. In Lawrence Hill, the biggest ward, the percentage of children in poverty lies over 50%, whereas it is only 5.7% in Redland.
Bristol Chefs hosted smoothie making workshops for breakfast clubs in schools and asked for donations to help children in need.
The week ended today with a visit to St Pius Primary School.
Phoebe Ruxton, Fundraising and communications manager at Fare Share South West, said: “It’s been amazing to see the support. People from Bristol all came together and the support on social media and the donations have just been fantastic.”
Fare Share is a charity that takes in date surplus food from retailers in the area and distributes it to charities who make meals for people in need, including breakfast for children in schools.
They work closely together with the council on promoting campaign events. Mayor Marvin Rees attended one of the events and pledged his support to the cause.
Uplifting morning @FairFurlong for @FareShareSW #BigBreakfast campaign with @josh_eggleton & pupils making healthy breakfast smoothies
We’re committed to tackling child hunger in #Bristol, by working in partnership with the voluntary sector & local business @Mark_Brain @P_Goggs pic.twitter.com/9ElzQiMhv8
— Marvin Rees (@MarvinJRees) November 13, 2018
Anabel Flamank, teacher in Hartcliffe, said: “Students are struggling to get through their school day, get through their lessons, as a result of not eating properly.”
Donations for the Big Breakfast Appeal 2018 are still open.