Foundation Wins Partnership Award

We’re excited to share that our 2018 Healthy Holidays grants Programme has won the Partner of the Year Award at Leeds City Council’s, Communities and Environment Directorate, Awards for Excellence this October.

The Foundation launched the Holiday Hunger campaign in 2018 in partnership with Leeds City Council to support healthy holidays for children across the city. An increasing national concern, Holiday Hunger affects over 30,000 schoolchildren in Leeds alone and is a real problem for families  who struggle to feed their children in the school holidays, when there are no free school meals.

Responding to this need, our Healthy Holidays grant programme aimed to alleviate the financial strain and hunger experienced by local families and in turn improve children’s mental and physical wellbeing, and life chances.

The campaign focused on exploring practical solutions to reduce the impact of Holiday Hunger in the long term by distributing grants to local projects that run activities during the school holidays to enable vulnerable children to have access to food, fun activities, learning and support for families.

From gardening to cooking by campfire , pizza making to dance classes,  the projects funded by the Foundation helped broaden children’s food horizons, raised interest in home cooking and eating together, and importantly provided free, healthy meals to keep children and families going over the holidays.

In total the Foundation distributed over £150,000 in grants to over 40 innovative community projects and organisations, providing access to healthy activities and meals for 4,500 school children and going a long way to help beat holiday hunger in our city.

As Councillor Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council’s Executive Member for Communities commented:

“Leeds Community Foundation’s Healthy Holidays Grants Programme is a hugely important piece of work that has helped raise awareness across the city of Holiday Hunger and its associated issues. Holiday Hunger is a key local and national issue, and I am delighted that such a successful project is actively helping to reduce the financial strain on families that contributes to food poverty.

Leeds Community Foundation has dedicated such a lot of time and effort to ensuring this project was a success, and I am really pleased that we are able to recognise this hard work through our prestigious Partner of the Year Award.”