A CLACKS good cause has begun work to alleviate food insecurity among young children.

The Gate Charity has launched a project delivering breakfast packs to primary school children in need.

The young people are identified by schools and other referrers and receive cereal, milk and fresh fruit weekly.

Jilly Guild, chief officer at The Gate Charity, said: “Hunger is a massive barrier to learning, and with an increase in the number of children who are using our foodbank and food larders, we need to do something to address the fact that many children are going to school hungry.

“In a county that has around 23 per cent of its children living in poverty, we understand the impact that supplying breakfast can have on learning, health and ultimately the future of Clackmannanshire children.

“Food insecurity is on the increase and in this time of uncertainty we want to offer an option to help families out.”

Those looking to help can donate children's snacks and cereal in the usual ways.