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Feeding Families

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

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.

Would your church like to explore offering free meals to families in the holidays? We can offer:

  • A short talk on child poverty and the benefits of offering meals or a holiday club
  • Connection with ‘off the shelf’ holiday clubs already set up & running in other places
  • 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
  • We can be there for your first open session to help as needed (date dependent)

Is your church already giving meals out in the holidays? We can offer:

  • Support to access free food if not already accessing
  • Connection with other church-run clubs
  • Connection with off the shelf ‘packages’ that offer ongoing support (e.g. Make Lunch)
  • Support and training on recruiting and managing volunteers

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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