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Many families on low incomes struggle to provide food for their children during school holidays when school meals and breakfast clubs are not available.

HCF was able to provide a grant of £1000 to Borehamwood Foodbank helping them provide over 400 meals over 9 weeks as part of their family lunch project.

Once a week in the school holidays they provided a healthy two course meal using fresh ingredients that was eaten sitting at a table as a family. Any left overs were boxed up and sent home with the families along with a bag of store cupboard food to help them through the following week.


Kristan Payne, the chair of trustees for Borehamwood Foodbank said: “Many families whose children receive free school meals in term time, really struggle with the extra costs and pressures during the school holidays. To help to alleviate the burden on these families the Borehamwood Foodbank are running summer holiday family lunches.

Our team of 15 volunteers have arranged weekly sessions during the month of August where we work closely with referral agencies, to help local families in need. The Summer Holiday Family Lunches are free of charge and include crafts and activities to keep the children busy, followed by a nutritious two course meal. We also send each family home with a food parcel to help them through the remainder of the week. We have found that this is a huge support for some families who may very well be close to financial crisis.”


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