Social landlord is making a meal of things
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Health, Housing
Housing association helps collect a ton of food for families in need
A social landlord is offering breakfasts, lunches and learning activities to 500 families in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull this summer, as part of a series of eight-day programmes aimed at boosting children’s well-being.
Ashram Housing Association has teamed up with Sandwell Council, Public Health England, Kellogg’s, the England Illegal Money Lending Team, Family Action and Health for Living to run its Holiday Kitchen programme.
Launched last year, Holiday Kitchen works closely with families of pre and primary school children across the West Midlands who are on low incomes and/or are in need of additional support.
It aims to reduce the strain faced by families during the summer school holidays by offering free and affordable meals and activities that improve children’s well-being and educational opportunities.
Dr Caroline Wolhuter, head of policy and research at 1,000-home provider Ashram, said: “Long summer holidays are a challenging and expensive time for families from all backgrounds, but they are particularly stressful for families on low incomes who are reliant on free school meals and live in neighbourhoods with few leisure facilities.
“Holiday Kitchen is responding to these challenges by offering dynamic programmes of holiday learning, food and play for families who need it most.”
Councillor Simon Hackett, cabinet member for Sandwell children's Services, said: "This is a safety net for many families who struggle to cope during the holidays. Not only does it benefit children's health with a good free or affordable meal but it also encourages families to also enjoy activities where children can carry on learning during the holidays in a fun environment."
Holiday Kitchen will run across 12 venues in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull until Thursday, 28 August.