The Good Food Fund has been established to help tackle the issue of hunger in Northern Ireland. It is specifically designed to support primary school children, with the aim of helping more than 10,000 young people until the end of 2023. It provides a safe and secure mechanism for businesses to work collaboratively and provide much-needed support quickly.
We are all acutely aware of the challenges faced by many in our community as a result of the cost-of-living crisis, and many families face significant challenges in providing food for their children.
In consultation with primary schools, we are aware of the stark issue of children being hungry at school and at home. Of particular concern are those schools with a high proportion of Free School Meal Entitlement (FSME). In reality, almost 97,000 schoolchildren are eligible for free school meals.