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Involving Children and Young People in Holiday Hunger Programmes

Some of the young respondents further explained that children may be experts in deciding not only what types of activities and food options children would enjoy, but in dietary safety and nutritional health considerations as well.

“Being involved in the menu is the most important because some children might not like some things or might be vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian or might be allergic to some foods. It is important to be involved for diet needs and for health and nutrition.”

The young respondents also demonstrated a strong understanding of the overall goals of programmes that aim to reduce holiday hunger as well as solutions to what could be done about food insecurity on a broader scale.

“The programmes should get enough funding to feed all of the children good meals that will fill them up when there is nothing to eat at home.”

“First give money and houses to the homeless and starving. You can get this money by getting people or companies to pay more taxes.”

Some young respondents thought that adults’ lack of respect for children’s ideas may discourage or prevent their involvement in decision-making.

“Adults might not agree with children or respect their ideas.”

“Some adults do not think we should ask children and young people.”

Young respondents indicated that they do not see many programmes advertised and that parents do not always have the resources to learn about them.

“Children and parents have to know more about programmes.”

“It is necessary to run programmes well and let people know about them.”

“People need to know why holiday hunger is an issue, what goes on at programmes, and who is involved.”