Poor children living on a diet of crisps are unable to play football because they are too hungry and their bodies have given up.
POOR children are living on a diet of crisps and left unable to play football because they are too hungry and their “bodies simply give up”, a disturbing report by MPs and peers warns today.
Up to 3 million children are at risk of going hungry during the school holidays, according to a cross-party parliamentary group.
Their report demands £100,000 raised from the sugar tax go towards council schemes that feed hungry kids when school canteens are closed.
Evidence given to the group included children returning back to school from holidays malnourished or having lost “significant” amounts of weight.
The report detailed how one child was left sick after living entirely on packets of crisps in holiday time.
In another case a group of children were forced to drop out of a holiday football tournament because they had not eaten a proper meal in the days leading up to the event.
Teachers said parents were staving off their own hunger by drinking flavoured water and eating cereal to give their children the best food they could during holidays.
The all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on hunger said ministers should force councils to work with schools, churches, community groups and businesses to tackle the issue.