Many children who rely on free school meals during term time struggle to get enough to eat during the school holidays, and the long summer holiday break can lead to learning loss for children.

Research has shown that the long summer holiday break can lead to learning loss for children. This, coupled with poor nutrition and insufficient food during the holidays, puts children from poorer backgrounds at a real disadvantage when they return to school in September.

Business in the Community, in partnership with the Urban Villages initiative, has developed a plan to help tackle holiday hunger and the result is the Healthy Summer initiative.

Business in the Community members have generously provided £28,000. This significant amount will be added to  £30,000 from Urban Villages (The Executive Office) and used to provide 30,000 meals to children in community-led summer schemes across the five Urban Village areas in Belfast and Derry/Londonderry.

Thank you to the companies already signed up:

Listen back to our radio interview about Healthy Summer, on U105 with Frank Mitchell, that aired on Wednesday 21 August 2019

For more information on the Healthy Summer campaign, please contact Hilary Hanberry.