Sadly, the issue of holiday hunger is growing. There are over 16,500 children living in low income houses, many of which could be at risk of food poverty. Whilst many of these children might get a free school meal during term time, families can struggle during the holidays to put enough food on the table. Over the past 3 years, GCDA along with partners GLL, CACT Youth Services and the Royal Borough of Greenwich have been providing food at adventure playgrounds and youth centres during the holidays to hopefully offer an opportunity to have a healthy, delicious meal for free, so relieving some of the pressure for these families. We centrally produce the food and deliver it to the venues where volunteers and staff heat it up and serve it. This past summer we extended the provision to 2 community centres – Woolwich Common and Clockhouse, and, funded by the Royal Borough of Greenwich and GLL, we served an incredible 4,500 meals at 10 venues over the 6 weeks.
The council also funded provision over the October half term and are keen to keep this going over the Christmas holidays. However, many of the venues we’ve used will not be open over the Christmas period, so we are looking for organisations, schools, community centres or anywhere else that will be open and would like to offer food to families. If you have a space and would like to offer food during the holidays, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
We have also created a ‘How to Guide’ for setting up a holiday meals club with loads of information about how to get something set up. You can download the guide here and flow chart to find the best model for you here