More veg out of school hours
Improve access to veg for children enrolled in after school or holiday activities.
Free school meals are a critical safety net. But for 170 days a year those children who are entitled to free school meals cannot access their free school meal provision. A large number of community based organisations are responding to this challenge through offering holiday provision for children often including a food offer. Local authorities have a role to play in ensuring that these programmes reach those who need them most, and that the provision meets minimum standards. Holiday provision provides huge opportunities for connecting children with how food is grown, trying new vegetables, developing cooking skills and supporting healthy eating practices.
- Wales’ School Holiday Enrichment Programme
- Filling the holiday gap: Guiding points for organisations providing community holiday time meals for children, APPG on School Food, 2015
- Kitchen Social, The Mayor of London’s programme delivering and trained holiday provision schemes
- Holiday Kitchen, An evaluation of Holiday Kitchen 2014: Learning, food and play for families who need it most in the West Midlands
- Food Power: Read more advice on how to weave food into holiday activities as part of improving children’s access to food 365 days a year
- Feeding Britain: Ending Hunger in the Holidays looks at the evidence on the problem and makes the case for tackling it.
- Government support for providing meals and enrichment activities for disadvantaged
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