Glasgow foodbank to provide play-piece to 400 children ‘flying under’ council radar

6th October, 2021 8:28 am

A Glasgow foodbank is vowing to continue supporting children who may “fly under the radar” facing food poverty, despite a new council scheme to provide a play-piece.

A new scheme by Glasgow City Council plans to give primary children fruit and secondary pupils a hot snack if they are eligible for free school meals from October to March 2022.

The Gowanbank Hub Crisis Support Centre, based in Greater Pollok, provides compassionate help and support to vulnerable families across SW Glasgow and has welcomed the scheme, but said they will still support families.

Billy Coull, from Gowanbank, told Glasgow Live: “Whilst we welcome the introduction of the council’s new mid-morning snack initiative which will be vital to the education of children across Glasgow, but so is the eradication of play piece poverty, as well as the benefits to academic success, nutritional values and mental wellbeing of children and young people.

“We are conscious of the fact that some families still may fly under the radar.”

The organisation has made a commitment to continue to support children and families who are not eligible for the council-backed scheme in times of hardship.

Billy added: “We will continue to work with local families and schools to provide nutritional mid-morning snacks to children within our community who are not eligible for the council-backed scheme”

To this end, Scottish based retailer One-O-One Convenience stores have presented a £500 cheque to Gowanbank Hub, as part of ongoing efforts to support local communities.

 

Source: Glasgow Live: September 2021

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