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More families struggle to feed children during the holidays

Reliance on foodbanks for struggling families rises sharply during the summer holidays, with the biggest increase seen in children aged 5 to 11, according to new figures.

The foodbank charity the Trussell Trust says its research - published today - reveals soaring levels of 'food poverty' across the South East when the kids break up.

Sarah Saunders reports from a school which is running a holiday meals program to make sure kids can get a good meal - even when 'school's out'

Interviewees: Mums Nina and Sophie and 10 year-old Amelia, founder of Holiday Kitchen Gina Herbert, chef Vicky Boyce and Julia Hallett of Whole School Meals.

Foodbanks ask PM to tackle poverty after use triples

Staff at the Trussell Trust have distributed three times more food parcels this year

The Salisbury-based foodbank charity the Trussell Trust is calling on the Prime Minster to take action on food poverty after requests for its help tripled.

The Trussell Trust distributed more than 350,000 three-day food parcels from its branches across the country between April and September 2013. The figure is three times higher than during the same months last year.

The foodboxes contain three days worth of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food