Fund to Tackle Holiday Hunger in Bradford
Healthy Holiday Fund to Tackle Holiday Hunger in Bradford
GiveBradford in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund, Morrisons Foundation and The BG Campbell Trust Fund, will be funding local groups to provide healthy fun activities with food to help some of the 17,000 schoolchildren whose families and carers struggle to feed them in the school holidays.
Over £350,000 will be distributed in grants to community projects that provide locally-based activities across the most deprived areas of the city – addressing holiday hunger through nutritious meals alongside sport, creative or social activities that create happy holiday memories and build friendships.
Some families in Bradford are struggling to meet the costs of feeding their children during the holidays which can have a huge detrimental impact on children’s mental and physical wellbeing and a knock-on effect on their life chances. The fund focusses on exploring practical solutions to reduce the impact of Holiday Hunger in the long term.
Abdou Sidibe, Head of Regional Funding for Yorkshire and the Humber said: “We are pleased that National Lottery funding is helping to bring together communities to tackle this important issue in Bradford. Thanks to National Lottery players families will have the burden of feeding their children outside of school eased, so they can all focus on enjoying happy, healthy school holidays.”
Sam Burden from The Morrisons Foundation said: “We are proud to be able to support Healthy Holidays in Bradford through the work of GiveBradford. No family should have to worry about being able to feed their children in the school holidays and that’s why we have allocated such a substantial sum to support groups to ensure young people in every part of the city are able to fulfil their potential.”
Kate Hainsworth, Chief Executive at GiveBradford and Leeds Community Foundation said: “We are delighted along with our partners to be leading the way on delivering Healthy Holidays to thousands of schoolchildren in Bradford. We’ve seen the difference that programmes like this can make from our work in Leeds, where funding helped to reduce the impact of holiday hunger and other pressures for families and increased opportunities and experiences for young people in the areas of greatest need. We look forward to having the same impact in Bradford.”
The Healthy Holidays fund will also be delivered in partnership with Storehouse, Bradford Public Health, Fareshare, Rethink Food, Street Games and Wellsprings Together.