Free school meals are a huge support for many families, but during the summer holidays, when they are no longer available, it can prove to be a real challenge for families who struggle to afford the extra food costs.
The ‘Holiday Hunger’ issue has been raised nationally by a number of organisations, charities and public figures, including the Trussell Trust and Jamie Oliver, who are calling on the government to take action and help struggling families meet the cost of living.
Social isolation can also be a challenge for low income families during school holidays, as they may not be able to afford activities, days out or for their children to have friends round.
This summer, Radian set out on a mission to support people who may find themselves in this situation, by launching the Good Grub Club. The pilot scheme ran throughout August in Southampton and offered families the chance to make some ‘Good Grub’ with hands-on activities and a nutritious lunch provided. Families were also given a recipe bag full of fresh fruit to take away and a main meal to cook at home.
Over the five week project, 16 families joined us for the Good Grub Club, including 33 children from across the Millbrook area.
Zara, a resident who attended the Good Grub Club with her children, said: “The Good Grub Club gave us an excuse to get up and get out of the flat to do something. The recipe bags gave us food to have until the end of the week when we would normally run out.“
Radian worked with a number of local partners including ASDA, FareShare, SCRATCH Charity, Millbrook Christian Centre and Options Resourcing to make the project happen.