A large part of our response to meeting needs in our community is focused on tackling food poverty, whether that's through providing Food Parcels, or via our Make Lunch project that seeks to help families facing holiday hunger.
In April 2020, we began providing food parcels to families that were referred to us from St Gerard's Primary School.
In the Summer of 2020, as restrictions eased we were able to invite families to the Church building so that they could pick up a packed lunch, and a recipe kit to take home and make together as a family. We continued providing packed lunches until this Summer when restrictions changed.
This Summer we were able to invite families to stay for a meal, to play games, craft and sports and this took place over the Summer holidays for twelve sessions.
We have had an amazing Summer, building relationships with 17 families, we have had lots of fun and we have been able to support families with food, school uniforms, and back to school supplies - all of which has only been possible because of your generosity!
Since last April we have been able to provide 6,421 meals to families in our community!
As well as the many donations of food that have been made, you have also donated over £3.5k, which has all gone towards providing food parcels.
We are so grateful for your generosity, and we wanted you to know that your giving has had a HUGE impact. Your generosity has helped to relieve the stress and anxiety that many families face in the school holidays.
We have been able to support 137 children and 47 parents and carers in the last year through Make Lunch and Food Parcels.
As much as the pandemic is showing signs of improvement, the issue of holiday hunger existed long before COVID, and will continue to exist, so any continued help and support you are able to offer is greatly appreciated.
Your donations will go towards the ongoing costs of making projects like our Food Parcels, and Make Lunch happen. This includes; resources, food, staffing costs, utilities, sports and craft equipment.