+ est. £903.75
RHJYC pledges to provide a hot, nutritious meal at every youth club session- meaning 130+ children receiving freshly cooked food every week.
by Rose Hill Junior Youth Club in Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Rose Hill Junior Youth club has been feeding children, young people and families in and around Rose Hill for over ten years. We have served thousands of hot, healthy and delicious meals and we continue to feed over 130 children each week at our youth clubs.
Throughout our work as a charity over the years, food has played a central role in engaging the community. We’ve provided fun, inspiring and informal opportunities for parents and children to learn about nutrition, how to cook food, and where food comes from, through our various cooking clubs and allotment projects.
Our core work focuses on providing regular, free, fun and accessible after school youth clubs for children aged 5-16 years old. Our caring and dedicated team of staff and volunteers create a safe and nurturing environment, giving children the opportunity to play freely, and engage in fun, meaningful and creative activities with other children. At every session, children also have access to fresh fruit platters, water, and a large nutritionally balanced hot buffet.
Dinner time at JYC is a positive experience for both the children and team members at our youth club sessions. Children have the opportunity to sit with their friends and socialize, they can talk about their day and build friendships with new children and staff, whilst eating yummy food.
“We have lots of food that tastes good!”- Child, aged 6
"They have my favourite food, it is very tasty!” Child, aged 8
The reality and the future
Nationally 2.5 million children live in food insecure households across the UK. These levels are 27% higher than before the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly half of food insecure families with children do not qualify for Free School Meals.
Rose Hill is already in the 10% most deprived areas of the UK with 52% of children living in poverty. More families are now struggling to “heat or eat” due to the cost of living crisis, so having access to freshly cooked, nutritious food, fruit, and vegetables is even more vital for their health and wellbeing.
Since our inception over ten years ago, we’ve seen for ourselves how hunger affects children and young people both emotionally and physically. We have always been passionate about feeding children and we always want to ensure that no child goes away hungry from RHJYC.
With your help and support, we can continue to feed the children and young people who regularly access our youth club sessions, keeping them feeling happy and not hungry.