The UK’s biggest foodbank charity has released figures showing half of the children needing help from its network of foodbanks last summer were in primary school while more than a quarter were under the age of five.
The Trussell Trust said 67,500 three-day emergency food packages went to children in July and August 2016 – 4,000 more than in the preceding two months.
Samantha Stapley, operations manager at the Trussell Trust, said the research showed how close to crisis many families are.
“As a nation, we must address the reasons why families with children are referred to food banks in the first place,” she said.
“We welcome the government’s decision to maintain free school lunches for children during term time – the next step must be to help families during the holidays.”
Several schools in Scotland have opened over the summer months to feed school-aged children to help low income parents.