THE PROJECT for August 2020 is to provide as many free hot meals as we can for children - and their families - who are entitled to free school meals, using local providers including those listed on this leaflet:
So I want to raise loads of money so that we can provide more meals through the Mayor's Food Bank. So far we have started like this:
- Our County Councillors in Cheltenham have pooled their allowances for the holiday free meals scheme from the County Council - that's £4818.
- I have passed over £2500 from the Mayors Food bank scheme
- The Borough council will chip in another £2500.
So that's nearly £10,000 and should help 1500 families, but it's not by as much as we would like to do. If the public give more, we will be able to give more help!!
SO PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY The charities, led by Family Space working under the #feedcheltenham banner, have been supporting each other through the crisis with some additional help from Cheltenham Borough Council and GCHQ. The strengths of the relationships developed through the crisis led to the collaborative bid that will see frozen meals being distributed through seven local centres across Cheltenham.
Sarah Avery, manager of Family Space, said “We know that there are around 3,100 children in Cheltenham that access free school meals during term-time, but in the school holidays there is a risk that these children can go hungry. By making nutritious family-sized meals available from our 11 partners, we can help reduce this risk.
Cllr Flo Clucas, cabinet member for healthy lifestyles at CBC said “We are really lucky to have such a great group of committed organisations and people with whom to work. “We are determined that no child will go hungry this holiday and no community will be left behind.
Just so you know, we are still supporting conventional food banks and will continue to do so in the autumn.
You can find the full press release at: https://www.cheltenham.gov.uk/news/article/2448/free_school_meals_this_summer_for_eligible_local_children The participating groups are:
1. Family Space
2. Sober Parrot
3. Wiggly Worm
5. Springbank Community Group
6. St. Peters and the Moors Big Local
7. Friends of Charlton Kings
9. St. Margaret’s Hall
10. Long Table
11. Cheltenham Food Bank