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Feeding Families

We believe that families should have access to nutritious food all year round. We have supported a number of holiday projects where children and young people receive a meal and have fun.

What We Do

Transforming Notts Together works in a host of different ways to address food poverty in our communities. For many families the school holidays are a struggle; with the children at home 24/7 and no free school meals, the weekly budget has to stretch further for food. After everything is paid for there is little left for activities and treats.

With 21% of children living in poverty in Nottinghamshire, we believe that churches are uniquely positioned to provide valuable support for families in the holidays, and we can do more. Our churches often have the space, the facilities or the volunteers; so we encourage churches to offer what they have to work in collaboration with others.

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There are many food banks, community meals and cafes all aimed at providing free or low cost meals and community. If you are considering starting something, we would encourage you to find out what's already going on in your area. Some useful links:

www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/

Map of church drop ins and cafes in Notts

If your church would like to explore offering free meals to families in the holidays, we can help with:

  • A short talk on child poverty and the benefits of offering meals or a holiday club
  • Connection with off the shelf ‘packages’ that offer ongoing support (e.g. Make Lunch)
  • Support to access free food locally
  • A visit to a church already running meals or a club
  • Support with recruiting and training volunteers
  • Support with considering the practical aspects of using your building for meals and children

If your church already giving meals out in the holidays, and you would like to access the above support and network with other projects, please contact us.

    We don’t charge anything to give our support to churches, but we do need some stats and the occasional story from you to help us apply for funding. We can discuss these with you and help you set up a way to monitor your own numbers if needed.

    Please contact Lauren Simpson for more information

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