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Food bank says children in danger if families can't afford food in summer holidays

The Trussell Trust, that runs food banks saw their use increase by a fifth last August compared to the same time in June.

Anna Danks says children could be in danger if their parents can't afford to feed them during the summer holidays.

She spoke to ITV News Central on the day that it was revealed 40% of teachers agree there are pupils at their school not getting enough to eat during the school holidays.

40% of teachers think children don't eat enough in school holidays

Many parents say they struggle to feed their children three meals a day Credit: Jens BÃŒttner/DPA/Press Association Images

40% of teachers agree there are pupils at their school not getting enough to eat during the school holidays, according to a new report.

The research released by Kellogg's also shows that of those teachers, a third notice children coming back to school after the summer with signs of weight loss.

This is reflected in some regional figures showing some parents find it difficult to nourish their children:

Birmingham

  • 28% of parents struggle to feed their children three meals a day
  • 35% of parents say that the school holidays put an extra burden on their food budget

Coventry

  • 43% of parents struggle to feed their children three meals a day
  • 46% of parents say that the school holidays put an extra burden on their food budget

Last August, The Trussell Trust reported more than 24,000 children attending their food banks across the country, as families struggled to provide enough meals for them.

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