Bristol chefs and FareShare South West call on city to tackle child hunger

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Ten big Bristol food names are collaborating to raise support for local charity FareShare South West as they launch their new school-based campaign, Big Breakfast Week.

The campaign is part of FareShare South West‘s bid to tackle the city-wide issue of child hunger – raising awareness of the need for additional food provision in schools where children are regularly arriving hungry, undernourished and unable to learn.

Those involved in the programme include Josh Eggleton, Adrian Kirikmaa, Toby Gritten and Luke Hawkins, who will be hosting a charity fundraiser along with local business leaders on Monday, November 12th. This breakfast event is just the start: throughout the week, the chefs will head out into the city to run smoothie-making workshops at FareShare Breakfast Clubs in schools in some of Bristol’s most deprived areas.

Josh Eggleton said “We’re waking up to the fact that child hunger is a city-wide problem, and projects like FareShare South West need to be supported by everyone in Bristol to help make change happen. We’re really looking forward to being part of the Big Breakfast Week, especially making lots of healthy smoothies with kids at Breakfast Clubs!”

Julian Mines, CEO of FareShare South West, said “Child hunger is truly a city-wide issue, and we are calling on Bristol for support in providing a city-wide solution. Our charity’s aim is to get as much food as we can into the networks that matter, from Breakfast Clubs to children’s centres, to ensure no child goes hungry. With support, we can really change the picture on food poverty.”

It’s an important issue to highlight and tackle. A report from the 5K Partnership claims that one in four Bristol children is now at risk of hunger – and in response, FareShare South West are providing food to 20 local primary schools, plus extra provisions over the holidays: a total of 1,500 children each school day, and 2,000 children over the summer holidays.

The charity has launched its Big Breakfast appeal to the Bristol public in the hope of raising awareness and in the hope of receiving further donations to support food distribution to schools. For more information and donate, visit the Big Breakfast Week page on the FareShare website.

 

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