World Hunger Day 28th May- What is the current outlook for Warwickshire?

28th May 2015

The Hunger Project UK created World Hunger Day, this global event is held annually to celebrate sustainable solutions to ending extreme hunger and poverty. World Hunger Day focuses on genuine partnership. In light on this we have looked at events and services aimed at reducing hunger in Warwickshire.

Warwickshire Financial Inclusion Partnership (WFIP) held a Food Poverty Conference on 8th November 2013 followed by the Focus on Food Week (11th-15th November 2013). Details of both these events can be found here world hunger day pdf.

Food banks provide emergency food to support people experiencing crisis.There are 13 food banks across Warwickshire, nine of which are managed by the Trussell Trust. The remaining food banks are run by the Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme and Fareshare. Between April 2014 and March 2015 to Trussell Trust fed over 14,000 people. The graph below shows the number of adults (65%) and children (35%) fed.

Number of people fed by Trussell Trust food banks in Warwickshire from April 2014 to March 2015

Number of people fed by Trussell Trust food banks in Warwickshire from April 2014 to March 2015- Click image to enlarge

The Nuneaton Trussell Trust food bank fed the most people out of the Trussell Trust Warwickshire food banks in 2014/15 as shown by the chart below.

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Total number of people fed by individual Warwickshire Trussell Trust food banks- Click image to enlarge

All pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in state-funded schools are automatically entitled to Free School Meals (FSM). If families receive a qualifying benefit (e.g. income support) a FSM is available for pupils at any school maintained by the authority (including a sixth form attached to a maintained school) and pupils attending maintained nurseries, as long as they are attending before and after lunch.
If a child is eligible and claims a FSM, not only do they benefit in terms of nutrition, increased concentration and academic achievement, the school can claim a pupil premium of £1,300 for primary school pupils and £935 for secondary school pupils.

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The above graph shows the number of pupils (aged 5-16) recorded as claimants of FSM on Spring School Census day in January 2015. Warwickshire has 6904 pupils eligible for free school meals, this accounts for 8.8% of all 4 to 18 years olds in the county. Nuneaton and Bedworth district has the highest proportion of pupils eligible for FSM (13.7%), with Stratford-on-Avon having the smallest proportion of pupils eligible for FSM (5.5%) in the county.

 
Warwickshire Country Council (WCC) has set up “Money & Debt” webpages with information on healthy eating on a budget, including a wide range or recipes. For more information please click here.

WCC also contributed to a Christmas Appeal on behalf of the Warwick Duty Team donating food, decorations and children’s presents. The Warwick Children’s Assessment team work with some of the most disadvantaged families in the community.

Moreover WCC acquired 400 boxes of free cereal from the Fareshare Charity for distribution to those vulnerable in the county, including the Priority Families, Salvation Army.

For further information please contact the Observatory at research@warwickshire.gov.uk