Brakes has pledged £500,000 over the next five years to support Meals & More in its ongoing fight to end holiday hunger.
Founded by Brakes in 2015, Meals & More has supported thousands of families, providing them with healthy, nutritious food in a safe and enriching environment during the school holidays when support for vulnerable children is not so readily available.
The charity has grown significantly in recent years, as the impact of Covid-19 has seen many more people join the millions that were already living in poverty. During 2021, Meals & More supported more than 750,000 meals through packed meals and food parcels as the pandemic took its toll on communities.
Peter Jackson, Sysco GB’s chief executive, said: “The latest tranche of funding will mean that we’ve invested more than £1 million in supporting the aims and ambitions of Meals & More. When we started the charity in 2015, holiday hunger was not well understood, and our mission was to create a movement to put an end to holiday hunger by bringing the issue to government and the public’s attention.
“Fast forward almost seven years and it’s very much on the public agenda and we’ve made so much progress in that time. Sadly, however, it seems that in these challenging times, the work of Meals & More is even more important to many families. We look forward to helping the charity continue its valuable work in the coming years.”