On the tenth anniversary of the charity, and to raise awareness of holiday hunger, StreetGames held a parliamentary reception to launch its new initiative, Fit and Fed, set-up to tackle this problem.

Representatives of all the major political parties were joined by athletes including Matt Dawson and Sol Campbell, plus a wide range of charities and businesses.

New research by StreetGames, has found that over 40,000 children who qualify for free school lunches were forced to skip a meal during their school summer holidays this year. Additionally, four million parents missed work during the break to provide care for their children, a figure that represents thousands of pounds in lost income for some of the lowest-earners. For over two million parents, the summer holiday meant having to choose between them or their child having enough to eat.

The cross-party event was also a celebration of all that StreetGames and their partners have achieved in the last ten years and an opportunity to highlight the continuing problem of holiday hunger and its effects.

Speaking at the launch, StreetGames’ CEO, Jane Ashworth said “This summer alone, Fit and Fed projects have provided vital support to over 12,000 children in 250 different locations. They help to ensure that nobody is forced to make the choice of feeding themselves or their children. By launching this programme, we hope to close the gap between disadvantaged children and their more affluent peers so upon their return from school holidays they are not further behind and struggling to keep up”.

Former England Footballer Sol Campbell said: “As a child I saw the impact poverty can have first-hand which is why I am delighted to support the Fit and Fed initiative. All children should have access to enough food and be able to spend their free time playing sports without having to worry about where their next meal is coming from. The many volunteers of Fit and Fed do a fantastic job”.

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