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Fears Summer Break Could Push Children to Brink of Starvation

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9:15am 19th July 2013
(Updated 9:15am 19th July 2013)

Some Cornish foodbanks fear more children could go hungry during the summer break.

It is because those entitled to free school meals will not be able to get hold of them.

That could mean some parents haven to choose between eating themselves and feeding their kids.

One mum in Wadebridge told Pirate FM: "I've gone three days without eating - I've just drunk tea.

"It's not because I don't want to eat, it's because you look at the food and think, 'Is there enough there for all of us until I get paid?'"

Jacqui White runs Wadebridge foodbank and is expecting to be busier. She said: "In a way I hope so because otherwise it means the children or parents are going without food somewhere along the line.

"I think even this year as opposed to last year things are even tighter than they were before."

Don Gardner from Camborne, Pool and Redruth foodbank says it will dish out lunch packs to anyone would normally get a free meal: "The young children of today really understand what mum and dad are suffering - there isn't a lot in the cupboard. Years ago you'd come home from school and there was always a bar of chocolate or a chocolate biscuit or something or a but I've seen so many empty cupboards and they are suffering.

"I see children coming to school without breakfast and the only meal they get is their free school meal. Suddenly six weeks of free food is going to be taken away from them.

"These children are going to suffer and their mums and dads are struggling and they don't know where to go - and we're there to help."

9:15am 19th July 2013

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