Brakes cause becomes a charity
Meals & More given more scope to help hungry children
An initiative set up by a foodservice company to tackle childhood hunger has been awarded charitable status.
Meals & More, which was set up by Brakes and a number of its suppliers, aims to alleviate the risk of children going hungry during school holidays when the support network of education is not accessible.
Becoming a charity means that Meals & More can build on the support it already has by raising funds and applying for funding from other sources, while also being recognised for the work it does.
Pem Hulusi, Meals & More Programme Manager, said: “The sad news is that rather than becoming a thing of the past, child poverty is predicted to grow, with the number of children living in poverty set to rise to more than five million over the next five years. That is a million more children living in poverty.
“We believe that charities like Meals & More are becoming increasingly important, as well as providing for children’s nutritional needs, we are also providing the stimulating environment which supports their emotional needs, which are needed now more than ever.”
Meals & More partners allows local groups to run holiday clubs by partnering with suppliers and local community organisations, offering support such as providing grants, nutritious food and enrichment activities within a safe, stimulating environment.
Hulusi added: “We’re grateful for the ongoing support of Brakes and its suppliers who remain an important part of the Meals & More story. We hope that we can continue to work together to put an end to holiday hunger.”