Community meals for children in school holidays

At a recent patient event, an idea was shared from a patient group in South Norfolk, who were making meals for school-age children during school breaks.

This ensured that all children in the village had access to nutritious, regular meals over the school breaks, and was aimed at families that were disadvantaged or couldn't offer meals because of working arrangements.

The group wanted to look into small funding to help coordinate the project at other schools and villages nearby, and wanted to make links with the voluntary and community sector.

Why the contribution is important

The group felt this project gave children access to food and support during school breaks, especially during the long summer breaks where parents and families have to juggle care arrangements with work. The project also encouraged the community to work together with the school and local families.

by Oliver_admin on July 24, 2019 at 02:05PM

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Comments

  • Posted by Dan_K July 26, 2019 at 11:21

    Whilst I applaud the community spirit and desire to help, I don’t think our society should be so unequal that people have to do this. Families should have enough money to be able to feed themselves.
  • Posted by KimberleyGibson July 29, 2019 at 13:51

    I agree very strongly with this idea. With so many families struggling to afford food it would be very beneficial for children to be able to have a hot meal during the school holidays.
  • Posted by Michelle August 01, 2019 at 12:14

    I work in Great yarmouth where there are significant levels of child poverty
    and obesity and other health problems. I work with many agencies
    and we are currently providing free breakfasts for some very
    vulnerable families as those children might not get anything
    to eat for breakfast or other times of the day in the school holidays.
    It needs to be recognised that that cheapest food in supermarkets is
    the least healthy but most convenient. If you are a struggling family
    trying to work, take care of children etc, it can be really hard to even afford
    the time and money to buy fresh ingredients and cook them.
    Much more needs to be done like suporting community gardens, family bulk buying, and community meals so ensure our children get decent food to eat.
    Don't blame families, help them.
  • Posted by LGBT August 19, 2019 at 10:47

    Totally agree with KimberleyGibson and Michelle. In reality Dan K we will never have a equal society
    (I don’t think our society should be so unequal that people have to do this. Families should have enough money to be able to feed themselves) and if families did have enough money to feed themselves then

  • Posted by LGBT August 19, 2019 at 10:55

    Ugh I pressed the wrong button (sorry) So if families did have enough money to feed themselves then life would be sweet...… but would it be?

    This is all happening for a reason and whilst those at the top can debate and argue about whose fault it is, like Michelle's comment "Don't blame families, help them" more needs to be done for those who need it.
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