23 July, 2021

Helping Families

The Youth Support are pleased to be providing breakfast packs and hot meals to vulnerable families for 3 weeks over the summer holiday period.

According to a report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs committee earlier this year, food poverty affects around 1.7 million children in the UK (from Sept 20 - Feb 21). In Gloucestershire, young people eligible for free school meals rose by 3,000 between March 2020 and January 2021 - 1600 of these were from September 2020. We are attempting to alleviate the issue for some of these families by providing breakfast packs and hot meals.

Since October last year we have received funding from Gloucestershire County Council and, in partnership with The Wiggly Worm Charity, have provided hot meals and breakfasts to almost 2000 families during school holidays in Gloucester and Cheltenham. The families we have helped have at least one child at home from the age of 1 to 17.

Government funding provided so far has been restricted to families with children on free school meals. We have identified a gap in that provision - families with children below and above school age and also families who experience food poverty but don't meet the government threshold for free school meals. For this summer's provision we have secured funding from Shaw Trust so that we can reach more families. The government's Holiday Activities Fund is also available in Gloucestershire - click HERE > for more info. To find details of local Foodbanks, click HERE >

Our scheme runs for three alternate weeks starting on Monday 26th July until Friday  27th August 2021. We're aiming to provide 3,000 hot meals and breakfast packs to families in Cheltenham, Forest of Dean, Gloucester and Tewkesbury* this summer.

For more information you can contact us on info.glos@prospects.co.uk

*We still have some capacity to deliver meals in the Tewkesbury area.