Free School Meals are a huge support for many families on low-income, however there are approximately 170 non-school days a year where children cannot access Free School Meals, putting a lot of financial pressure on low-income families.
The summer holidays represent a pinch-point in family finances, when the extra costs of feeding children, of providing them with activities and/or childcare, combine to put immense strain on budgets.
Social isolation can also be a challenge for low-income families during school holidays, with many unable to afford activities or days out for their children.
Holiday hunger pushes many families into food poverty and 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.
Radian’s ‘Good Grub Club’ was created to help tackle this problem and has proved to be a huge success, supporting numerous families with healthy eating during the holidays.
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“
Good Grub Club runs throughout August in Southampton and Slough, offering families the chance to make some ‘Good Grub’ with hands-on activities and a free nutritious lunch provided. Families are also given a recipe bag full of fresh fruit to take away and a main meal to cook at home.
Radian works with a number of local partners including ASDA, FareShare, SCRATCH Charity, Millbrook Christian Centre and Options Resourcing to make the project happen.