The Social Investment Fund have been working their magic once again. Free lunches, holiday clubs and events for families and school children will be on offer across Trafford to help prevent 'holiday hunger' over the summer holidays.
Social Investment team: L-R Capacity Builders Jonathon Baker, Zoe Taylor and Social Investment Manager Fay Jackson at the Sharon Youth Center in Old Trafford, which is taking part in Active Appetites.
Fighting holiday hunger
The Active Appetites initiative brings together community groups, schools and organisations, to provide lunches for children in areas of the borough where parents may struggle to afford the extra food needed over the long summer break.
Volunteers and workers: at the St John’s Centre, Old Trafford, getting ready to serve meals at lunchtime.
Projects across Trafford
There are 12 projects across Trafford. Some offer activities as well as lunch, while others are focused on providing food not just for the children, but the whole family.
5700 lunches over 4 weeks
We are investing over £49,000 in the Active Appetites initiative. This will enable over 5700 lunches to be given out for free to school children.
Activities, activities, activities
Groups are offering a wide variety of healthy eating menus and activities. Some of the groups will also be showing the children how to prepare and make healthier meals. Other groups will be providing exercise activities and group work. The one thing they will all provide is plenty of fun.
Our Social Investment Manager Fay Jackson said: "The summer holidays can be a very stressful time for parents. For many families, the financial pressure of covering meals which are provided free of charge by schools during term time can be an additional stress.
"Lack of food over the summer holidays can have a detrimental impact on the health and wellbeing of children resulting in educational setbacks when they return to school. The local groups we have invested in are well placed to support families over the summer with activities, food, and information, and we hope everyone has a delightful summer."
It takes more than money. It takes dedicated volunteers.
The first major project in Trafford
The Active Appetites initiative is the first time our Social Investment fund has launched a targeted request for projects to step forward and help tackle the rising problem of child poverty in the borough. This came about after funding a lunch club pilot last year in Sale Moor that was at full capacity daily. Holiday hunger and child poverty are regarded as a growing issue nationally as austerity and welfare changes have hit the most impoverished families across the country.
This year's groups that have stepped forward to run projects are all passionate about supporting families with some already talking about next year's projects and other ways in which they can support families throughout the year.
Projects will be running for at least 4 weeks of the summer break in:
Some groups are filling up due to the need for this service, particularly the groups that required a referral from the Children's school. Please check with the individual groups before you plan your visit.
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