BRADFORD The Council has announced it will donate £ 20,000 to a local food bank to help feed thousands of disadvantaged children during their half semester break.
Cash is being distributed across districts, and the Council is also working with community groups to serve more than 10,000 meals to vulnerable families during school holidays.
Board Member Imran Khan, deputy leader and executive member for education, jobs and skills, said it was “absolutely the right thing to do”.
The donation follows a successful summer scheme that funds 45 charities and communities to run summer vacation clubs that provide meals and activities for children.
The council has taken the decision after a motion to give food vouchers during school holidays to families with free school meals was rejected by the Conservative Government on Wednesday.
Spearheaded by British footballer Marcus Rashford, it followed his successful campaign to provide meal vouchers over the summer, forcing the Government to change the matter.
Bradford Council Leader Susan Hinchcliffe said: “In this time of national crisis it is the role of the Government to enhance and support those who are most struggling.
“We are very disappointed with the outcome of the debate at the House of Commons on Wednesday.
“If it works, it will support the Bradford family. The resulting scream is enormous.
“We’ve stepped in to help, but it’s also great to see businesses and voluntary sector organizations across the district providing support. It’s a real team effort.”
Deputy chairman Cllr Khan added: “As a board we feel compelled to move forward.
“We are committed to ensuring that no child goes hungry in the Bradford district. This is absolutely the right thing to do.
“We know that school holidays are difficult for our poorest families during this time of COVID. For those already struggling with low incomes, making money for extra food can be challenging. The dire financial consequences of COVID-19 have exacerbated the problem.
“During the summer vacation, more than 2,300 school-age children are assisted by our Holiday Activities and Meals Program. I am delighted that of the 45 organizations we worked for at the time, more than 30 have answered our call, in a very short time, to help provide food for our most vulnerable children and families during this semester. ”
The Bradford Council has joined local authorities across the UK who have announced half-semester support for disadvantaged families, and many Bradford businesses have also pledged to do their part to stop poor children from starving.
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