The Impact of Holiday Clubs on Household Food Insecurity—A Pilot Study

Paul Stretesky, Michael Long, Pamela L. Graham, Katie Palmer, Eileen Steinbock, Margaret Anne (Greta) Defeyter

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This research investigates whether holiday clubs have the potential to reduce food insecurity among households in the United Kingdom. We survey parents (n=38) of children attending seven different holiday clubs to estimate the percentage of children in those programmes who come from food insecure households. Results suggest that 42% (16 out of 38 respondents) of children come from households defined as 'food insecure' and 24% (9 out of 38 respondents) come from households that are 'food insecure with hunger.' When secure and insecure households are compared, we discover that food insecure households benefit the most from holiday clubs, which suggests that they may play an important role in mitigating household food insecurity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e261-e269
JournalHealth and Social Care in the Community
Issue number2
Early online date10 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018


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