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Pilot holiday hunger programme in south Kirklees

(West Yorkshire)

Many children face holiday hunger in our area. We will provide families in three areas with a nutritious lunchtime meal from Monday to Friday for two weeks of the Easter holiday period (approx. 2,700 healthy meals for some of the most deprived families), together with activities for the children each day and drop-in advice sessions for parents.

Our goals:

  • To feed three groups of children (who normally are in receipt of free school meals) during the Easter school holiday when school meals are not available by providing and delivering healthy packed lunches to families identified by the schools.
  • To work with three primary schools to design and deliver relevant social activities for the children and appropriate drop-in advice sessions for parents/guardians as part of these Easter holiday clubs to encourage families to attend.
  • To test the validity of this model so that it can be developed and offered on a wider scale in future years. If the model works, the Welcome Centre will seek to bring this type of provision into its core set of activities.
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How we will achieve our goals

A Community Award would enable us to offer this programme by providing pump-priming funding to get it off the ground. The Welcome Centre provides practical support, guidance, advocacy and advice. Last year we distributed 5,335 food packs to people in crisis, supporting a total of 3,101 people, more than a quarter of which were children.

Where the money will go

It will benefit the local community by helping to tackle the problem of ‘holiday hunger’, which affects families who rely on their children’s schools to provide them with a lunchtime meal. During school holidays these children are at risk of going unfed or underfed. Referrals to us confirm that many children are living in food poverty in our area.

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  1. Posted on August 9, 2017

    Wishing you much success in such a needed and worthwhile project.

  2. Posted on August 14, 2017

    Have voted..and shared …fingers crossed !!!

  3. Posted on August 14, 2017

    I do hope that you get funding to feed local children, I was involved a couple of year ago providing children with breakfast during the 6 weeks holiday, but lunch is better for them. Most youngsters are on their own during the holiday period and it is better for them to attend somewhere where the food is cooked and prepared for them as it saves accidents in the home.

  4. Posted on August 15, 2017

    Please help the Welcome Centre in their work feeding and clothing the vulnerable in our society.

  5. Posted on August 15, 2017

    Much need, urgent work here. Hope the funding comes through.

  6. Posted on August 15, 2017

    We need to feed bodies to feed minds. Thanks to the Welcome Centre this happens

  7. Posted on August 15, 2017

    Hope all comes through for you.

  8. Posted on August 16, 2017


  9. Posted on August 17, 2017

    good luck with this project this will add to an already brilliant service

  10. Posted on August 21, 2017

    welcome centre do incredible work, which impacts on our vulnerable clients who have fled domestic abuse, honour based violence , forced marriage and FGM, who are with limited funds and without basic supplies, which is made even worse throughout the summer holidays

  11. Posted on August 22, 2017

    All the best with your project. Hope you have great success.

  12. Posted on August 22, 2017

    I’ve voted and shared with everyone I know – I really hope you get the funding to enable you to continue your excellent work in our community

  13. Posted on August 23, 2017

    Absolutely worthwhile project.

  14. Posted on August 23, 2017

    Voted and shared.

  15. Posted on August 23, 2017

    Good luck, it’s such a crying shame this has to be funded at all, we wish you success!

  16. Posted on September 1, 2017

    Every good wish for being funded – it’s absolutely shameful that such a project should need to exist- so thank you hugely for being willing and for taking action on the issues of poverty and hunger.

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