Our Good Grub Club, a free food club designed to tackle holiday hunger, returned to the Colne Avenue Baptist Church in Southampton on Friday 3 January for a ‘New Year Party’, where children and their families worked together to create healthier takes on party food.
During the fun, friendly and accessible session, families enjoyed the dishes they had made together which included pizza wheels, homemade dips, banana pops and wraps. They also took the ingredients home to make the recipes again.
We were pleased to welcome Cllr Dave Shields to this special party.
He said, “It was great to see how the Good Grub Club helps support families from the local community. Not only does it give children the chance to come and try the different foods on offer, the session is educational and teaches the importance of a healthy, balanced diet. It was a real pleasure to be a part of the event.”
Free school meals are a huge support for many families, however there are approximately 170 non-school days a year where children cannot access free school meals. Holiday hunger can push many families into food poverty, with school holidays being a particularly difficult time financially.
The Good Grub Club, which started in 2016, strives to combat this worry and relieve related stress by supporting families with healthy eating during the holidays, providing free lunch and hands on activities, plus supplies of fresh fruit and a meal-prep kit. It has proven to be a huge success, winning Community Focused Service of the Year at the TPAS awards in 2019. An award that recognises those who have come together to tackle a significant issue using practical and long-lasting ideas.
We are a housing provider that does so much more than provide homes. We care about our customers that live in our communities and work with them to provide additional support where we can hopefully enhance their lives. This club represents just that, and is also a great way for local families to be introduced to one another.
A big thank you to our Good Grub Club partners; Southampton City Council, Asda, Fareshare, Solent NHS Trust, Energise Me, SCRATCH charity, Colne Avenue Baptist Church, and Options Resourcing, who make this project possible.
Learn more about our Good Grub Club here.