FareShare South West’s Big Breakfast Week aims to highlight the citywide issue of child hunger and the important role breakfast clubs play in ensuring all children get a decent breakfast before the school day begins.
The campaign launch took place on Tuesday morning at FareShare’s warehouse in St Jude’s.
Among the guests was Bristol mayor, Marvin Rees, who previously committed to provide a breakfast club in every school in Bristol by the summer of 2017.
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Rees said: “It’s easy for many of us to take a nutritious breakfast for granted and yet many children are still going to school hungry.
“For many, a successful day at school rides on whether they are fed and in the right place to learn.
“In Bristol there are around 16,500 children living in poverty so it’s essential that we raise the profile of this issue and champion the organisations and individuals who are providing solutions.
“By working collectively, we can address the deep-rooted problems that lead to child hunger.”
Within Bristol, FareShare South West pick, pack and deliver food from their warehouse to 35 schools across the city, supplying children living in poverty with a healthy and filling breakfast at their breakfast club.
As the largest food redistribution charity in the UK, FareShare work to prevent food poverty as well as food waste.
Since the start of 2018, the charity has distributed 48 tonnes of food – which equates to 114,288 meals – to schools since the start of 2018.
FareShare South West CEO, Julian Mines, said: “We’re grateful that Marvin Rees recognises the issue of food poverty and how it is affecting the children across our city and we value his support today.
“With so much still untapped surplus food right across the food chain, we can get in-date, good quality food – that would otherwise go to waste – to the people who need it most.”
The Big Breakfast week campaign continues until Friday, with well-known chefs in the region visiting breakfast clubs to cook breakfast for students.
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