A pop-up food project in Yorkshire is ensuring that children and their families are well fed during the summer holidays. The project started up after it was found by the Yorkshire Evening Post that up to 4,500 children in Leeds could be going hungry during the school holidays.
The Real Junk Food Project started up in Leeds in July and is providing entirely plant based food at no cost; people simply pay what they feel they can afford for their meals.
The idea behind it is to maintain a good level of nutrition for school children who may otherwise go hungry — the provision of Free School Meals means that children are fed during school time, but if their families cannot afford a weekly food shop, they may go hungry during the six week break from school over the summer.
The project’s Facebook page carries the following mission statement:
“Fuel for School has 3 key objectives:
- Remove Hunger as a barrier to learning
- Improve wellbeing outcomes for children and their families
- Highlight the global issue of food waste”
The project only uses surplus food, and is run by children, which teaches young people the importance of waste reduction as well as the need to help others.
It runs until the 4th of September, after which most people will be back in school.