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Postby S.M. Sherman » Tue Oct 25, 2016 11:15 am

On Wednesday 2nd November, 1-2pm, room DH0.51, Professor Greta Defeyter, the Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Planning & Engagement) at Northumbria University, will be giving a talk as part of the Psychology research seminar series entitled "Holiday Hunger: The Effect on Social Relationships and Cognitive Performance". Greta has led a number of successful knowledge transfer and public engagement events; including British Science Festival Events; a Full of Beans exhibit at the Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne; and an ESRC knowledge exchange conference. She has presented a number of Parliamentary Papers to the Westminster Health and Education Forum; the House of Lords; Annual Westminster Briefing Events and at HRH Prince of Wales, Seeing is Believing Visits.

All are welcome!

Holiday Hunger: The Effect on Social Relationships and Educational Attainment
Prof Margaret Anne Defeyter, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

During term-time schools often provide free meals for children from low income households. As a result, holidays can be a challenging time for those children who rely on free school meals as a reliable source of food (O’Connor, Wolhuter and Every 2015). Consequently, these children are frequently hungry. Parents from food insecure households accommodate holiday food shortages by skipping meals, purchasing less expensive and unhealthy food and/or avoiding paying household utility bills. Children suffering from food insecurity experience a variety of social problems as a result of their lack of access to food. For example, children who come from households that experience food poverty are prohibited from participating in important social activities with others during school holidays are may be more likely to suffer from behavioural problems (Owen and Sharma 2004). This paper presents data from a number of studies aimed at exploring the social, educational and health related problems faced by children who suffer from holiday hunger (Graham et al., 2016; Defeyter et al., 2015). Finally, I take a critical look at the emergence of holiday hunger programs that are forming in the UK to combat the problem.
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