• A mother has revealed that she starved herself for six days without any food so her children could eat during the summer break.
  • Sadie Drew, 30, has four children and has now turned to a food bank for help.
  • She relies on free school dinners, but it’s hard to feed her kids during the six-week break as children. They are always hungry.
30-year-old Sadie Drew turned to a food bank to help her feed her children during school break.

The mother of four can’t afford to feed all the mouths in her family during summer holidays and to make end meets, she simply doesn’t eat.

According to Sadie, during term time she relies on free school dinners, but with the six-week break it is difficult for her to sustain the food on the table.

She said, “Kids don’t stop eating, boredom kicks in and they replace that with food, and they just eat.’ Whereas in school they have certain snack times, and they are getting education, they are busy and their minds are ticking all the time.

When that’s not happening, they are just hungry all the time. It doesn’t help when benefits cut you down from £168 a week to £116. It was tax credits, they decided they overpaid us two years ago, and they are taking it back at astronomical rates.”

The loving mom will do anything for her kids, and feeling ashamed of using the food bank is not an option when the welfare of her children is at stake.

“My kids need to eat, and pride goes out the window when it involves children. If it was me, I’d starve.I have done it for my children. Before I knew about the food bank and that I could get help, I was a single mum to my two girls and I didn’t eat for six days straight.

Without this place, it would be a major struggle,” she explained.

According to Don Gardner, the man in charge of the CPR food banks at Camborne, Redruth and Pool, children would go hungry this summer because their families relied on free school meals.

He said, “On the first day of the holidays this year we gave out over 800 meals out in two hours,’ he said. ‘That was a big afternoon we had. It made a very big dent in our stock. Two years ago we did 3,000 meals during the school holidays.

We expect an increase in users because during term children are offered free school meals, and then suddenly mum’s got two or three children at home and got to feed them for six weeks. And we’re prepared for that.”

Don is also encouraging anyone struggling to feed their children or pay bills to visit the food bank. “We are here to support the problem, so if it’s a genuine problem, ask for me and we’ll sit down and talk. It might not even be food that’s the problem, so we also have professionals coming in on Tuesdays to advise on housing, benefits, electricity and gas bills,” he explained

Via: Metro, Picture: SWNS