1000’s of children rely on charity for food

The work of our keynote speaker Camila Batmanghelidgh was featured in the Guardian at the weekend – How Kids Company feeds Britain’s hungry children http://gu.com/p/45h6n/stw How Kids Company feeds Britain’s hungry children

Every week, thousands of children rely on Kids Company for their main meal of the day. They come to be fed, to learn how to cook, and to find a safe place to be a child. Jay Rayner reports

Through their centres in north and south London, Liverpool and Bristol, they now support 36,000 children and provide 3,000 meals a week. Of those children, 85% rely on Kids Company for the main meal of the day. “We find children coming to us with quite severe issues of malnutrition,” says campaigns director Laurence Guinness, who left the music business five years ago to work with the organisation. “We have toddlers with rickets, 10-year-olds who look like seven-year-olds. When you see adolescents looking skeletal you understand why they join a gang.” So where is the responsible adult? “There is no responsible adult caring for these children. There’s a gaping hole in the safety net. There is no allocation of resources to the lone child.”

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