While children may be whooping with joy about the long summer holidays ahead, parents and carers don’t always share their enthusiasm. For many families, providing those extra meals during school holidays can be a real struggle, which is why Food Portsmouth is stepping in again to help.
Following the success of the Holiday Lunches programme last year, kids at Portsmouth City Council’s six adventure playgrounds will be enjoying free lunches of beans on toast, and fresh fruit, on selected days throughout the holidays. The scheme enables those children entitled to free school meals to continue receiving a filling, hot meal during the school holidays, in a fun, social and active environment.
In addition, we are delighted to be working with Northumbria University this year where the holiday food program will be a part of a national, and potentially international, research project into childhood poverty.
The project has been supported by Trussell Trust Food Bank @ King’s Church, Fare Share, FoodCycle, Tesco, Warburtons, PCC Housing department, staff and volunteers at the adventure playgrounds and the Children’s Health Fund.
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