Pilot holiday hunger programme in south Kirklees
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.
- 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.
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.