Poverty levels in the Czech Republic may be among the lowest in the European Union, but data shows there are still tens of thousands of children living in financially troubled households.
Czech News Agency cited figures showing that 9.7% of all people in the Czech Republic were threatened with poverty last year. As for children under age 15, one in seven or 247,000 are living in poverty.
Labour and Social Affairs Minister Michaela Marksova (Social Democrats, CSSD) has confirmed there is the problem of poverty among children in the Czech Republic.
“Due to the material or financial insufficiency, parents are often unable to pay lunches at schools and in kindergartens,” Marksova said.
In response, the ministry is preparing to launch a programme titled “Food Aid to Children in Serious Social Distress” within the operational programme Food and Material Aid, which has been joined by eight Czech regions.
As of this September, almost 10,000 children from poor families will be served free lunches in schools.