Holiday Hunger: Feeding Children During the School Holidays

Graham, Pamela L., Stretesky, Paul, Long, Michael, Mann, Emily and Defeyter, Margaret Anne (Greta) (2018) Holiday Hunger: Feeding Children During the School Holidays. In: Feeding Children Inside and Outside the Home: Critical Perspectives. Taylor & Francis, London, pp. 87-106. ISBN 9781138633865, 9781315206974

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Childhood poverty is rising in the United Kingdom and now impacts 3.9 million children (McCall 2016, p. 747). As a result, more children experience poor nutrition and hunger. This chapter focuses on the concept of “holiday hunger” as one aspect of poverty that threatens the wellbeing of children. We begin by exploring existing health and science literature to examine the potential impact of holiday hunger on childhood wellbeing. We then discuss the growth of holiday clubs aimed at tackling this issue and key findings from holiday club evaluations to date, outlining 3 key areas for consideration in the future development of holiday clubs. Finally, we examine the way communities and local governments have struggled against the problem of holiday hunger by establishing “holiday clubs” to ameliorate the problem. Importantly, these clubs face challenges, as they exist in an era of neoliberalism that could serve to undermine attempts to help those children who are the most deprived.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
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Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2018 14:16
Last Modified: 13 May 2020 15:54

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