A recent survey of 9,000 teachers by our partners, FareShare, found that concern for hungry pupils led to one in four bringing food into school, with over a third saying that their schools regularly provided food support to children and their families.
Worryingly, the report highlighted that the highest proportion was in the South West, where 29.4 per cent of teachers said they had personally provided food for pupils during the 2023 summer term. This compared with 28.7 per cent in the North West, 25.7 per cent in Yorkshire and Humber, and 25.6 per cent in the Midlands.
FareShare has said that without access to more food the majority of the charities it supports may have to reduce their services, impacting families across the UK, and they’re calling on the Government to fund food surplus redistribution to get good food to people, not waste. You can view their call via this link.
You can read more about the report’s findings via this link, but if you’d like to support Exeter Food Action’s efforts to address the challenges faced by so many struggling families and individuals in Exeter and across Devon, please consider a donation, however small.
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